ADULT GUARDIANSHIP SERVICES
Adult Guardianship Services (AGS) provides “Guardian of Person” services to individuals who are residents of Cuyahoga County and are deemed to be incompetent by the Cuyahoga County Probate Court. We serve both elderly individuals who have a significant problem with Dementia/Alzheimer’s Disease, as well as younger individuals with a severe mental illness, by providing legal guardians to serve as concerned, caring advocates and surrogate decision-makers. We have a contract from Cuyahoga County Probate Court to provide Guardian of Person services to indigent wards.
Although our primary mission is to provide guardianship services to indigent individuals we also provide Guardian of Person services to those who can pay for the service. As a result more indigent individuals can be served.
AGS partners include: Cuyahoga County Probate Court, the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board of Cuyahoga County, Cuyahoga County Division of Senior & Adult Services, Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging, United Way of Greater Cleveland, the McGregor Foundation, and other community partners.
Read more about AGS by viewing a recent newsletter HERE.
Adult Guardianship Services was started in 1989 BY Probate Court Judge John J. Donnelly and LMM’s founder, the Reverend Dick Sering, in response to the needs of vulnerable adults in Cuyahoga County. Our original name was the Volunteer Guardianship Program, and we were first staffed by volunteers only. Initial support came from Probate Court, the Cleveland Foundation, and the County Board of Mental Health. As the program grew it became evident that some cases were too time consuming to be handled by volunteers, and paid staff were added. The hybrid model of staff and volunteer guardians continues today. We now have 19 paid staff, 100 plus volunteer guardians and volunteer attorneys, and serve approximately 600 Cuyahoga County residents on any given day.
Beginning in 2017, AGS will be monitoring a prioritized waiting list for all AGS referrals. Please fill out an application and AGS staff will contact to confirm placement on the waiting list.
CLICK HERE to make a guardianship referral(Intake) to AGS
Volunteers are men and women of all ages from all walks of life who have compassion, commitment, patience and a desire to help those who cannot help themselves. Volunteers receive training, support of an attorney and 24/7 access to program staff and are matched with a ward who resides in Cuyahoga County. Primary tasks of the volunteer guardian include making monthly visits to their ward, advocating on their behalf, making life decisions including health and placement decisions for the ward and keeping the program updated.
CLICK HERE to apply to be a volunteer guardian with AGS
CLICK HERE to apply to be a volunteer attorney with AGS
AGS AWARDSThe Good Samaritan AwardThe Good Samaritan Award is given to a member of the community who has made a significant contribution to Adult Guardianship Services. Their actions promote and exemplify the core values of Adult Guardianship Services, including advocacy, volunteerism, justice, integrity, dignity, compassion, collaboration, shalom and the ideal of the Good Samaritan.
2014 - Karmen Jackson2013 - Madison Commons2012 - Dan Wilson2011 - Shelda Brantley2010 - Mary Ann Fagan2009 - Alan D. Shankman2008 - Audrey Keppler2007 - Algart Health Care2006 - Sally Siggins2005 - Robert and Lisa Stemnock2004 - Sharyn Davis Robinson2003 - Ted Reklinski2002 - LeMoyne Nesbitt
The Greg Hoshek Volunteer Guardian AwardFor twelve of its first thirteen years, Greg Hoshek was a volunteer for AGS. Driving every other week to Holmes County to visit his wards, Greg was a dedicated volunteer. He said, "I love and respect old people. I love visiting my wards, taking them to lunch, and buying them the things they need. I get more out of being a guardian than I give. It makes me feel good." Greg upheld the dignity of each ward and served his wards in a spirit of empathy and selflessness. Greg was also the LMM Board liaison to AGS. His sudden death in February 2002 ended his calling as a volunteer, but his memory and contribution remains. This annual award is presented to acknowledge and recognize the outstanding contribution of a volunteer guardian to his or her ward(s) and to Adult Guardianship Services.
2014 - Carolyn Anderson2013 - Laura Palcisko2012 - Judie Amsel2011 - Paulette McMonagle2010 - Mary Grace Brachat2009 - Patricia Ross2008 - Kathleen Bearfield2006 - Janice Dzigiel2005 - Albert Barnes2004 - Barbara J. Daly2003 - Kathryn T. Joseph2002 - Dolores Bragg
For more information contact Jude Troha, Program Director, at 216.696.1132 x 137 or