Until the founding of Guardian Partners, there was limited oversight of guardianship cases in Oregon. There was simply no way for the Court to oversee and know if each Protected Person was being treated well and thriving.
Towards that goal, Guardian Partners uses trained volunteers to evaluate Guardianship cases. The Volunteer Monitor is appointed by the Court to a specific case. The Volunteer visits the Guardian and Protected Person and act as eyes and ears of the Court. A report is written by the Volunteer and provided to the Court. The report evaluates the quality of the Guardianship and identifies any resources that may be needed by the protected person or the Guardian.
In 76% of the cases monitored by Guardian Partners, the Guardianship is stable and the Guardian is doing a good job. Our report to the Court supports and compliments the good work of Guardians who are getting the job done.
In the other 24% of cases, some intervention is recommended. This may include anything from a change in guardianship to termination of guardianship to identification of an abusive situation.
What Else Do We Do?
Guardian Partners collects data regarding reasons for the Guardianship in each County. This data can be helpful for each County to understand what is driving the need for new guardianships.
“I've had one Guardian Partners case and the help from Guardian Partners was exactly what we, and the protected person, needed.”
–Senior Judge John Collins, Yamhill County Circuit Court