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Volunteer Guardian/Conservator

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Arlington County Volunteer Guardianship Program

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The Volunteer Guardianship program recruits, trains, and supports volunteers to serve as court-appointed guardians and conservators for Arlington neighbors who have no one else to help. We serve adults over the age of 18 who are Department of Human Services clients and who have been determined by a licensed professional to lack the capacity to handle personal and/or financial matters. Volunteers in this program serve as the substitute decision maker for the person they are appointed to serve, advocating for the person under guardianship to have to best quality of life possible.

Guardianship deals with care including where the person under guardianship lives and healthcare decisions. Conservatorship covers financial decisions and property management. These decisions require a certain level of comfortability with making hard decisions on another person's behalf and should take into account the needs, preferences, and desires of the person under guardianship. This is a chance to build a truly rewarding relationship with someone that needs the legal and personal assistance of an ethical and committed Volunteer Guardian. A criminal history background check and credit history check (for conservators) are required.

For more information on this challenging yet highly rewarding opportunity, contact Shasta Douglas, sdouglas@arlingtonva.us, 703-228-1716.

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About Arlington County Volunteer Guardianship Program

Location:

2100 Washington Blvd, Arlington, VA 22204, US

Mission Statement

The Arlington County Volunteer Guardianship Program connects community members interested in a life-changing volunteer opportunity with Arlington neighbors in need who have no one else to help.

Description

The Arlington County Volunteer Guardianship program recruits, trains and supports court-appointed volunteer guardians and conservators for individuals who can no longer make informed decisions for themselves. The volunteers become substitute decision makers. Individuals in need of this service have been determined by the Circuit Court to be incapacitated and have no family or friends who are willing or able to be appointed guardian and or conservator.

A Volunteer Guardian is a court-appointed individual authorized to make personal and healthcare related decisions. A Volunteer Conservator is also court-appointed and is responsible for managing the financial and property matters of the incapacitated individual.

Ongoing training and technical assistance are provided to the volunteers. Volunteers in this program must make difficult decisions for their clients.

Justice & Legal
People with Disabilities
Seniors

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.

SKILLS

  • Mental Health
  • Legal (General)
  • Advocacy
  • Accounting
  • Bilingual
  • Relationship Building

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • This a long-term, legal commitment where you will receive support from Arlington County Aging and Disability Services. We are happy to discuss with you what this legal commitment entails.
  • Criminal and Financial background checks required.

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