It is estimated that there are roughly 15,000 Guardianship cases in the State of Oregon. That means 15,000 instances where one person has the power to make financial, health care, and quality of life decisions for another person as their Guardian. Until the State of Oregon Innovation Fund helped launch Guardian Partners, there was little oversight of these cases. Guardian Partners is a volunteer-based initiative with the goal of not only discovering and preventing abuse, but also to teach Guardians how to be effective to ensure those who are incapacitated are treated with the utmost care.
In 2014, Guardian Partners launched a first-ever, full-scale Multnomah County Volunteer Guardianship monitoring and assistance program that now serves more than 200 Protected Persons each year.
The Guardian Partners Volunteer Guardianship monitoring and assistance program uses the following three methods:
• Case Monitoring
Guardian Partners' mission is to assist the Court in protecting vulnerable Oregonians by using trained and supervised volunteers to monitor Guardianship proceedings. This effort reduces the potential for abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
Guardian Partners volunteer monitors provide an independent source of information to the Court. Volunteer monitors are trained in effective Guardianship and how to identify abusive situations.
• Supplementing Resources
Public resources are simply inadequate to provide the level of personal attention and detailed review each protected person under Guardianship deserves. Guardian Partners is a solution bridging the gaps. Our volunteers also act as a referral and support resource for Guardians who are often doing thankless work with little or no support.
Guardians are appointed by the Court to make decisions on behalf of an individual who is incapacitated. The vast majority of Oregon Guardians are extremely caring and responsible individuals.
Guardian Partners provides education, case monitoring and resources to Oregon Guardians and their families on behalf of the Court System. These efforts prevent abuse and increase quality of life for ...read more