THE NEED:

Guardians are appointed by the Court to care for and make medical and placement decisions on behalf of an individual who is unable to make those decisions for him or herself. Most Guardians are caring and responsible individuals. Unfortunately, that is not always the case.

In their most recent report, the Oregon Department of Human Services documented more than 2,900 yearly confirmed cases of abuse against elders and adults with disabilities that year; 76% of cases occured 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.

EARLY SUCCESSES

  • 20% of Monitor reports filed to date led to positive corrective action by the Court.
  • Secured unanimous passage of a new Oregon law authorizing courts to appoint special advocates for protected persons which is the basis for our program.
  • Hired first Executive Director and Education Manager.
  • Raised funds to launch a full scale Multnomah County program and set the stage for multiple county expansion.

FUNDING

We are a financially stable organization with funds balanced between private funding, fees for service, and a $50,000 grant from Multnomah County.

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 contributions to keep our doors open.