Are your Children heading into foster care if you die?
If you are a parent, you will know the amount of weight that this question holds on you. Our children are our life and blood, and the last thing we want is to leave them on their own. Unfortunately however, many parents are still unaware of the problems that will cause to their children should they depart this world right now. Long story short, if you were to leave this world right now without a will, your child will be cared for by someone close in the family. This person is referred to in the will as a guardian and bares the responsibility of taking care of your child in the event of both parent’s demise.
Being a parent is no simple task, there are many child related issues that keep parents up at night. Toddler’s hunger strike is one of the worst but many parents are kept awake at night at the thought of leaving their children behind in foster care. Without a will written concerning your children, there is a risk of your children going into foster care should no one is deem suitable to be appointed your children’s guardian. You have complete control in this matter, the simple solution is to choose someone reliable in your family to take care of your children.
This task however is understandably difficult for most parents, a recent survey done by unbiased.co.uk shows a staggering 58% of UK adults slacking heavily on the will writing department. Most of this is due to guilt or just simple ignorance that they are young and nothing will happen that soon. This is true and of course we do not wish for any of these scenarios on anyone, but unfortunately accidents do happen. When you get caught in one of these unfortunate life changing events (and not just life changing for you) many parents find that they have left their children in an extremely vulnerable spot.
There is only one way to ensure a bright future for your children, and that is to write a will and appoint a suitable guardian for your children. Putting off the will writing process is a risky strategy, much like playing Russian roulette with your own children.
Realistically, the risk of your children going into foster care is low, but not as low as you think. If you were to pass without any instructions regarding your children, they will automatically go to a close family member. However, if this close family member of yours rejects the care and nobody else is there to replace them then unfortunately this low risk quickly becomes a nasty reality. Foster care really is not a bad place, but there are better places where your children can be, for example with someone you have appointed as a guardian in your will.
Creating and making a will is a simple task but many refuse to do it due to ignorance or just lack of resource to do so. In recent years, the cost of writing a will for couples have gone down to a much more affordable price, leaving you with no excuse to pass without a will.