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Volunteer guardians needed PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Saturday, 28 September 2013 08:30
The Wood County Probate Court is seeking applicants for its Volunteer Guardian Program.
This program, established in 2011 by Judge David Woessner, benefits a wide range of individuals in need of assistance through guardianship proceedings in the Wood County Probate Court.  
The Volunteer Guardian Program allows trained volunteers to serve in the capacity of guardians of the person for individuals who have been declared incompetent or are unable to properly care for themselves.  
The Volunteer Guardian Program will not deal with guardianships involving control or access to finances or other assets.
Training is provided with the assistance of local professionals and volunteers are provided with a thorough overview of the guardianship process.
Local attorneys assist in the completion of initial paperwork as necessary and assist with legal questions that might arise during the initial application process.  
Ongoing guidance and assistance is available to the volunteer guardians throughout their service.  
There is an increasing need for guardianships to assist individuals who have no family or other suitable relatives or interested parties to help them.
The program currently has a number of active volunteers, all of whom have been assigned to cases.
Additional volunteers are needed to handle new referrals.  
Individuals interested in serving as volunteer guardians must be 21 years of age or older.  
Background checks will be conducted on all applications.  
Applications may be obtained at the Wood County Probate Court located on the second floor of the Wood County Courthouse or by visiting the Wood County Probate Court's website at probate-court.co.wood.oh.us.  
Interested individuals may also contact Jennifer Robeson, the Wood County Probate Court Manager, at 419-354-9230.

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