When a person does not have the understanding to make their own decisions or a child's parents cannot care for them, another person can apply to be their legal 'Guardian’. It is the Guardian’s job is to watch over that person (the ward) and make sure that they are properly taken care of.
The Court Visitor's job is to "check-in" with individuals who have been placed under legal guardianship. This important function enables the Court to have first-hand information about people for whom the Court has ultimate responsibility. The Court Visitor is assigned a case, obtains necessary information from court files, and makes a one-time visit to the guardian and the ward. After the visit, the volunteer fills out a report indicating the status of the ward and any recommendations for action. The volunteer's report is then reviewed by the Guardianship Monitoring Coordinator to determine whether further action is necessary.
The GMP, consists of a team of two employees that supervise almost 2,000 cases. As our case load increases, we rely more and more upon the assistance of volunteers in order to serve all of our wards adequately.
While our office is located in Boise, we also have cases located throughout the county and the Court Visitor chooses which area they would like to assist in covering. Visits outside of Ada County are completed by telephone and can be done in our office or in your own home. Volunteers choose their own schedule and amount of time they are able to dedicate to the program.
- Child Welfare
- Elder care
- Crisis Intervention
- People Skills
- Public Advocacy
Good Match For
People 55+ Group
Requirements & Commitment
- Driver's License Needed
- Background Check
- Orientation or Training
- Hours depend on your availability- You decide!
- interivew, background check, dress professional, valid drivers license/insurance, 18 years and up