Guardians are appointed by the Court to make decisions on behalf of people who are unable to make those decisions for themselves. Most Guardians are caring and responsible individuals. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Many, even those with good intentions, fall short due to lack of knowledge, lack of resources or burnout.
The Oregon Department of Human Services documents more than 2,900 yearly confirmed cases of abuse against elders and adults with disabilities each year; in 76% of cases, the abuse occurred in the Protected Person’s home. The National Center on Elder Abuse estimates that for every one case of elder abuse, about five more go unreported. Oregon Court systems do not have the resources to ensure the daily safety of those under their care. Guardian Partners was started with the goal of providing the Court with trained volunteers who could ensure that protected persons are being treated with the utmost dignity and respect. Our services have grown to include providing much needed training and resources to non-professional guardians.
Bringing Our Programs to Your County
Guardian Partners currently operates in seven Oregon counties: Clackamas, Douglas, Lane, Marion, Multnomah, Tillamook and Yamhill. Our goal is to bring our important education and case monitoring programs to every Oregon county. We offer two tiers of program options for counties who wish to partner with us and there is no cost to the Court for our programs.
We have tools to make the process smooth and can provide sample language for many of the necessary court documents:
- Presiding Judge’s Order and Supplementary Local Rules
- Letters mandating fiduciary courses
- Letters appointing a volunteer case monitor
We’re pleased to speak with Judges or court staff to see how Guardian Partners can best serve your community and we’ll give you access to review our online courses. Contact Executive Director Marc Kochanski to inquire: 971-409-1358 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are a financially stable organization with funds balanced between private funding, fees for service, and limited public grants.
This is a new and much-needed program that has demonstrated the potential to significantly reduce abuses faced by our most vulnerable citizens. We rely on community support and individual donors to keep our doors open.
We are grateful for support from:
Stuart Allen · Columbia Trust Company · Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation · Susan Daigle · Davidson Family · Edgel Law · Fitzwater Law · Geffen Mesher · Jason Hays & Sean Jenkins · Home Instead Care Foundation · Intrustment NW · Mary Jaeger & Jerry Walker · Joseph E. Weston Public Foundation · Kaiser Permanente · Mellon Meyer Winery · Multnomah County Public Guardian & Conservator · OnPoint Community Credit Union · Oregon State Bar, Elder Law Section · Pickett, Dummigan, McCall LLP · Richardson Wright · Ronald W. Naito MD Foundation · Samuels Yoelin Kantor LLP · Steven E. Sutherland, CPA, CFE, CFP with Morones Analytics · Hon. Katherine Tennyson · The Standard · Dan & Kelly Wodtke · Wyse Kadish