Education for Guardians, Conservators, and Personal Representatives


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!


  • Join us on April 27th for our annual Wine With A View event featuring author Mary Jo Sveedra. For more information, visit the event page.
  • Executive Director, Kristy Wood, will give a presentation to the Multnomah County Adult Protective Services on Wednesday, April 5th at 9:00 a.m.
  • On February 18th, we 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!
  • Guaridanship monitoring has begun in Lane County, and our first two cases have been assigned!
  • Welcome new Volunteer Monitors Anne, Michael, Jo Ann, and Elizabeth.
  • 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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