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 4,157 confirmed cases of abuse against elders and adults with disabilities in 2014 alone; More than 61% of cases were older adults and people with physical disabilities living at home. The National Center on Elder Abuse estimates that for every one case of elder abuse, about five more go unreported.


Guardian Partners’ mission is to assist the Court in protecting vulnerable Oregonians by using trained and supervised volunteers to monitor guardianship proceedings. This effort reduces the potential for abuse, neglect, and exploitation.


Guardian Partners Volunteer monitors provide an independent source of information to the Court. Volunteer monitors are trained in effective guardianship and how to identify abusive situations.


Public resources are simply inadequate to provide the level of personal attention and detailed review each protected person under guardianship deserves. Guardian Partners is a solution bridging the gaps.


As a volunteer monitor, you will be appointed by the Court to a specific case.  Your job will be to review the file at the Probate Court, visit independently with the Guardian and the Protected Person and write a report to the Court regarding your findings.

Volunteer monitors are at the heart of our mission to ensure vulnerable Oregonians are not experiencing abuse or neglect.  The information you provide to the Judge will be essential in deciding how to best proceed in an effort to ensure the Protected Person is safe and thriving.

This volunteer opportunity is a great fit for someone who needs flexibility as you can take a case at a time and work around your schedule to get the job done.  If you are someone who wants to volunteer working directly within the legal and social service systems to help prevent abuse and neglect, let’s talk.

Please contact kristy@guardian-partners.org to find out more.