You have watched your child change over the past year as he or she finished high school and prepared to leave for college. Your child is still your baby, but you understand that even more changes are ahead. Once you drive away from campus, you will have to trust that your hard work will pay off with your son or daughter making good choices and taking prudent actions.
However, the fact that you will no longer be making decisions for your child has another side. If your child is 18 or older, the law considers him or her to be an adult. If an unforeseen event leaves your child unable to express his or her wishes, you may have a difficult time obtaining the authority to act on your child's behalf.