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Ensuring safety, dignity, and quality of life

We serve adults who are found to be incompetent of making important life decisions, managing their own personal affairs, and who do not have an appropriate support person in their life to make such decisions. The person in need of guardianship may experience a variety of issues that determine such incompetence, including:

  • Issues related to Aging

  • Alzheimer’s Disease

  • Dementia (related to aging, injury or illness)

  • Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities

  • Mental health diagnosis

  • Substance Dependency

  • Traumatic Brain Injury or Acquired Brain Injury

What to expect as a Guardian

​​Guardians spend an average of  two to three hours per month with their protected person, helping ensure they are taken care of and their needs are met. This can include helping to make important medical and legal decisions, advocating for the person's wishes in court, individualized activities, and navigating interpersonal relationships. 

Crime Victim Services supports Guardians with the following: 

  • documentation and reporting

  • monitoring court deadlines

  • continuing educations

  • counseling in day-to-day decision making. 

​Due to grant funding requirements, persons under guardianship whom we serve must also be a victim of crime in which the victimization has caused or significantly increases their ongoing cognitive or physical vulnerability to be re-victimized. 


Knowledge of and/or documentation of the victimization must be provided.

  1. Attend a one-hour information session to learn about how you can support someone in need.

  2. Submit the Volunteer Guardian Application 

  3. Participate in nine hours of guardianship training

    • Six-hour Fundamentals of Guardianship course through the Ohio Supreme Court  

    • Three-hour orientation course through Crime Victim Services Guardian Program. 

  4. Five hours continuing education courses annually