What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? California
My brother and I are attempting to find our brother who was made a ward of the state in the late 1960s. He was made a ward of the state by my mother because he was so severely mentally retarded (apparently he had the functioning of a 2 year old) she couldn't afford to keep up his medical needs. I have just recently learned of this brother and would like to make sure that all of his needs are being addressed. I do not want to disrupt his life in any way. Another brother of mine attempted to find him earlier, but was told that due to privacy standards this information cannot be released and can only be done if the person (my brother who is severely mentally retarded) wishes to release this information. Where do we can from here? Should we hire a PI? What possible recourse can we have? I am perplexed about how to proceed. Thank you for your time.