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The Guardian Partners Solution

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.

Even so, every year there are more than 2,900 confirmed cases of abuse against elders and adults with disabilities in Oregon. The National Center for Elder Abuse estimates that for every case of elder abuse that gets reported, five more go unreported.

Our goals are to identify abuse or exploitation of those under guardianship, and also to support the thousands of Guardians who care for older adults, persons with disabilities, and children.

There are three program components:

  1. Education to ensure that Guardians and other Court-appointed fiduciaries understand their roles and responsibilities.
  2. Monitoring of cases by Court-appointed volunteers who identify causes for concern.
  3. Resources, referrals, and guidance for Guardians and their families in support of this unrecognized population of heroes.

Thanks to generous support from the legal community, we have launched our programs in several counties and will continue to grow. We welcome your inquiries, ideas and support!

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Spotlight:

  • We are so happy to announce that we have reached our goal in the dollar for dollar Give65 Summer Campaign with the Home Instead Senior Care Foundation. Because of your generosity, we surpassed our goal and raised $1,995! Your contributions will help protect some of the most vulnerable members of our community and also support the thousands of Guardians who care for older adults, persons with disabilities, and children.
  • A big welcome to our brand new Development Coordinator, La Vang!
  • Thank you to Judge Wetzel, Mary Jo Saavedra, Samuels Yoelin Kantor LLP, and everyone who came and helped make our second annual Wine With A View event such a fun success.  It was so great to see you all.  For more information, visit the event page.
  • We’ve launched a significantly augmented Guardians of Minors class that includes material on helping Guardians and children cope with family change and trauma. Thank you to new instructors Dennis Morrow and Judith Swinney, and everyone else who helped make the new class a reality!
  • We’ve received our first national recognition! Guardian Partners is one of three model Guardianship Monitoring Programs being presented to the National College of Probate Judges in November by the American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging.
  • The Meyer Memorial Trust awarded Guardian Partners a two-year, $98,000 grant to fund expansion.

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