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They Both Fought To Break Free From Guardianship. Only One Escaped

Falling in love and getting married cast two very different couples into the same nightmare. A BuzzFeed News investigation. By Heidi Blake and Katie J.M. Baker Posted on September 19, 2021, at 3:54 p.m. ET Beyond Britney This is part 2 of a BuzzFeed News investigation Part 1: They Both Fought To Break Free From Guardianship. Only One Escaped. Part 3: “My Human Rights Are Being Violated”: Fighting A Family Conservatorship Early one August morning, a young woman in camouflage shorts and a plastic tiara slipped out of a building in Rock Springs, Wyoming, and hopped into the Dodge Neon idling outside. She snatched a brief kiss with her childhood sweetheart, waiting at the wheel in cowboy boots, before he gunned the engine and set out along the Flaming Gorge canyon. At 7:15 a.m., just across the border in Utah, Arieana Wynter and Jesse Jones were declared husband and wife. It was 2,000 miles away, in Florida, that a retired engineer and former Navy reservist named Doug Keegan donned a crisp suit and said his vows. His bride wore a white dress dotted with pink flowers. Monica Steele had transformed… Read More

Beyond Britney: Abuse, Exploitation, And Death Inside America’s Guardianship Industry

For people under guardianship, the system can be dehumanizing, dangerous, and even deadly. For the professionals — who can control hundreds of people at a time — it can be very profitable. A BuzzFeed News investigation. By Heidi Blake and Katie J.M. Baker Posted on September 17, 2021, at 1:02 p.m. ET Beyond Britney This is part 1 of a BuzzFeed News investigation Part 2: They Both Fought To Break Free From Guardianship. Only One Escaped. Part 3: “My Human Rights Are Being Violated”: Fighting A Family Conservatorship They can isolate you: A teenager with cerebral palsy was snatched from the school gates and hidden from his parents. They can bleed you dry: A successful rheumatologist was declared incapacitated after a bout of depression and lost her million-dollar waterfront home. And they can leave you to die: A 46-year-old man died under a do-not-resuscitate order that went against the desperate pleas of his wife. All three nightmares share a common cause: These people had been placed under the care — and control — of legal guardians. America’s guardianship system was designed as a last resort to be used only in… Read More

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