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Colin Farrell Files Conservatorship For Son With Angelman Syndrome

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By Mike Walters

Colin Farrell filed a conservatorship for his son James, who lives with a rare condition known as Angelman Syndrome, and is asking a court to grant him the power to properly care for James as an adult.

According to legal documents, obtained by The Blast, Colin and model Kim Bordenave filed a joint petition for a conservatorship over their son, which will give them the ability to make medical decisions and care for him when he turns 18 years old in September.

The 'Swat' star has been very vocal over the years about having a child with special needs and continues to provide support to the Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics (FAST).

Colin Farrell & Kim Bordenave Seeking Conservatorship For Their Son


According to the petition, at an early age, James was "diagnosed with Angelman Syndrome, a genetic disorder which causes developmental delays and disabilities and affects the nervous system."

The documents make it clear James is in need of daily assistance in caring for his own physical health and well-being, including preparing food and getting dressed.

In the filing, Colin is asking the court to grant permission for him and Kim to be in charge of finding proper housing for their son, power to access confidential records, withhold consent of marriage, enter into contracts, give medical consent, and the power to make educational decisions.

'Swat' Star's Son Was Diagnosed With Angelman Syndrome At Age 2

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As for why the parents need the formal legal documents to be granted by a court – James is turning 18-years-old in September – and they need the conservatorship to continue caring for him like they did while he was still a minor.

The filing also includes a note from James' doctor, letting the judge know it would be difficult for the boy to attend a court hearing, as it raises his anxiety levels.

Colin makes it clear in the legal documents, that if James were able to verbalize who he would want to be his conservators, it would be his parents.

Colin Farrell: My Son Has 'Enriched My Life'

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Colin Farrell opened up about James' condition to InStyle several years ago, saying:

"I decided, after consulting with James' mother [model Kim Bordenave], that I wanted to talk publicly about the pride and joy I had in our son. He has enriched my life, but I don't want to minimize the trials that so many families go through: the fear, consternation, frustration, and pain."

He continued, "We share in the smallest victories -- the first words at age six or seven, being able to feed oneself at nine and getting the seizures under control. When you're the parent of a child with special needs, it's important to feel that you're not alone."

Since the diagnosis, the actor has supported and raised awareness for the disorder and provided support for the Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics (FAST), which hosts a gala each year for further medical research.

For More Information On Angleman Syndrome, Visit FAST

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