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Guardians Needed

June 15, 2009
The need for legal guardians for people with disabilities and for the elderly is on its way to a crisis point, with more than 100 people who once lived in the Fort Wayne State Developmental Center or another state institution on a state-funded guardianship program waiting list. Add to that the number of young adults with disabilities each year who reach 18 and must have a court-appointed guardian.

The nonprofit Volunteer Lawyer Program of Northeast Indiana and Easter Seals Arc are hosting a free informational meeting at the Allen County Public Library for parents and caregivers of teens or adult children with disabilities. It is an educational outreach of VLP’s Volunteer Advocates for Seniors and Incapacitated Adults, which finds volunteer guardians for adults with no family or friends able or willing to oversee services such as housing or health care. A guardian of the estate may also be appointed.

Although Tuesday’s forum is targeted at families with adult or soon-to-be adult children with disabilities, training for volunteer guardians for older adults and others through VLP-VASIA will be offered later this year. In some cases, an incapacitated person may have medical or other urgent issues requiring intervention but even when family is found, “They will not step up because they’re afraid of being financially responsible,” said attorney Catherine Christoff with Christoff & Christoff, also active with VLP-VASIA.

Although no one denies the guardianship need is significant, just how serious of a problem it is remains uncertain, said Julie Cameron, coordinator of Mental Health in America in Allen County’s Adult Guardianship Services. There is no good tracking in Indiana’s public or private guardianship programs of how many people on waiting lists may die before a guardian is found or perhaps a distant relative accepts the role. The guardianship process needs to be deliberate and taken very seriously, Houk said, noting “We’re talking about suspending people’s civil rights. It’s important there are barriers.”

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Needed: Guardians for Indiana’s disabled, elderly

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June 15, 2009

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The need for legal guardians for people with disabilities and for the elderly is on its way to a crisis point, with more than 100 people who once lived in the Fort Wayne State Developmental Center or another state institution on a state-funded guardianship program waiting list. Add to that the number of young adults with disabilities each year who reach 18 and must have a court-appointed guardian.

The nonprofit Volunteer Lawyer Program of Northeast Indiana and Easter Seals Arc are hosting a free informational meeting at the Allen County Public Library for parents and caregivers of teens or adult children with disabilities. It is an educational outreach of VLP’s Volunteer Advocates for Seniors and Incapacitated Adults, which finds volunteer guardians for adults with no family or friends able or willing to oversee services such as housing or health care. A guardian of the estate may also be appointed.

Although Tuesday’s forum is targeted at families with adult or soon-to-be adult children with disabilities, training for volunteer guardians for older adults and others through VLP-VASIA will be offered later this year. In some cases, an incapacitated person may have medical or other urgent issues requiring intervention but even when family is found, “They will not step up because they’re afraid of being financially responsible,” said attorney Catherine Christoff with Christoff & Christoff, also active with VLP-VASIA.

Although no one denies the guardianship need is significant, just how serious of a problem it is remains uncertain, said Julie Cameron, coordinator of Mental Health in America in Allen County’s Adult Guardianship Services. There is no good tracking in Indiana’s public or private guardianship programs of how many people on waiting lists may die before a guardian is found or perhaps a distant relative accepts the role. The guardianship process needs to be deliberate and taken very seriously, Houk said, noting “We’re talking about suspending people’s civil rights. It’s important there are barriers.”

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Needed: Guardians for Indiana’s disabled, elderly

Arc Workshop

June 8, 2009
The Arc of Schuyler County will host an informational workshop on special needs trusts and guardianship services on June 13 at its facility at 210 Twelfth St. in Watkins Glen.

Registration begins at 8:45 a.m., and the workshop will run from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Marcie Finlay, an attorney with Blumkin, Finlay and Bixler in Tompkins County, will lead the program “Overview of Wills, Estate Planning, Guardianship and Future Planning.”

Heidi Flatt, associate executive director of trust services at NYSARC Inc., will offer “Trust Planning and the NYSARC Trust.”

The workshop is geared towards parents and family members caring for people with special needs, but will also be useful for professionals who work with people with developmental disabilities or the elderly and to attorneys who assist families dealing with these issues, the release says.

Lunch will be provided. To reserve a seat, contact Lisa Crouch at (607) 535-6934 or lcrouch@arcofschuyler.org by June 10.

For more information: http://www.arcofschuyler.org/

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Schuyler Arc to host guardianship, estate workshop

>Arc Workshop

June 8, 2009

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The Arc of Schuyler County will host an informational workshop on special needs trusts and guardianship services on June 13 at its facility at 210 Twelfth St. in Watkins Glen.

Registration begins at 8:45 a.m., and the workshop will run from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Marcie Finlay, an attorney with Blumkin, Finlay and Bixler in Tompkins County, will lead the program “Overview of Wills, Estate Planning, Guardianship and Future Planning.”

Heidi Flatt, associate executive director of trust services at NYSARC Inc., will offer “Trust Planning and the NYSARC Trust.”

The workshop is geared towards parents and family members caring for people with special needs, but will also be useful for professionals who work with people with developmental disabilities or the elderly and to attorneys who assist families dealing with these issues, the release says.

Lunch will be provided. To reserve a seat, contact Lisa Crouch at (607) 535-6934 or lcrouch@arcofschuyler.org by June 10.

For more information: http://www.arcofschuyler.org/

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Schuyler Arc to host guardianship, estate workshop

Forum on the Ins and Outs of Guardianship

June 6, 2009
Easter Seals Arc and the Volunteer Lawyer Program of Northeast Indiana are working together to host an informational forum on the ins and outs of guardianships in relation to those with special needs. This event will be held in the meeting rooms of the Allen County Public Library, in downtown Fort Wayne, on Tuesday, June 16, from 6 – 7:30 p.m. There is no cost to attend.

The purpose of this forum is to address a growing need to educate both parents and caregivers about the complex and sometimes frustrating facets of guardianships in relation to special needs, and to inform them of individuals and agencies that can help to provide the support they need. Attendees will become familiar with:

• Why parents sometimes need to establish guardianship of their children
• Power of Attorney (POA)/Healthcare Representation vs. Guardianship
• The legal process
• What is a Guardian Ad Litem
• Roles and responsibilities of being a guardian

There will also be a question and answer period featuring Magistrate Phillip Houk; Allen County Superior Court, Attorney Stephen P. Griebel; Van Gilder & Trzynka, Attorney Catherine S. Christoff; Christoff & Christoff, and Julie Cameron; National Certified Guardian and President of the Indiana State Guardianship Association.

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Easter Seals Arc to host guardianship forum

>Forum on the Ins and Outs of Guardianship

June 6, 2009

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Easter Seals Arc and the Volunteer Lawyer Program of Northeast Indiana are working together to host an informational forum on the ins and outs of guardianships in relation to those with special needs. This event will be held in the meeting rooms of the Allen County Public Library, in downtown Fort Wayne, on Tuesday, June 16, from 6 – 7:30 p.m. There is no cost to attend.

The purpose of this forum is to address a growing need to educate both parents and caregivers about the complex and sometimes frustrating facets of guardianships in relation to special needs, and to inform them of individuals and agencies that can help to provide the support they need. Attendees will become familiar with:

• Why parents sometimes need to establish guardianship of their children
• Power of Attorney (POA)/Healthcare Representation vs. Guardianship
• The legal process
• What is a Guardian Ad Litem
• Roles and responsibilities of being a guardian

There will also be a question and answer period featuring Magistrate Phillip Houk; Allen County Superior Court, Attorney Stephen P. Griebel; Van Gilder & Trzynka, Attorney Catherine S. Christoff; Christoff & Christoff, and Julie Cameron; National Certified Guardian and President of the Indiana State Guardianship Association.

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Easter Seals Arc to host guardianship forum

>Arc Guardianship Seminar

April 12, 2009

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Four speakers will address the topic of guardianship at The Arc/Rowan’s monthly seminar on Tuesday, April 21.

Rowan County Clerk of Court Jeff Barger will speak along with attorney Douglas Smith and guardians Lori and Dean Ewart. The information to be presented is important for any family affected by developmental disabilities.

The seminar is free and will be held at the Easter Seals office at 620 W. Innes St. from 7 to 8:30 p.m. It is also an opportunity for teachers to earn CEU credits.

Anyone planning to attend is asked to call The Arc/Rowan office at 704-637-1521.

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Guardianship to be topic at Arc meeting April 21

>Rethinking Guardianship

January 17, 2009

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A free program on ‘Rethinking Guardianship’ for people with developmental disabilities will be from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Jan. 22 in Sebring and the same hours Jan. 23 in Highland City.

Dohn Hoyle, executive director for The Arc Michigan, will teach the program.

The program, sponsored by the Area 14 Family Care Council, is open to teachers, administrators, support staff, parents, guardians of students with developmental disabilities and others who are interested.

It will include discussion of current methodologies that may eliminate the need for guardianships.

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Guardianship Program to Be Held

>Guardianship Workshop

December 22, 2008

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A workshop will be held Jan. 23 from 8 to 11:30 a.m. on the subject of guardianship.

Dohn Hoyle, executive director of The Arc Michigan, a state organization on developmental disabilities, will discuss reasons people have sought guardianship and current methodologies that may eliminate the need for guardianship.

This workshop will be held at the Jim Miles Professional Development Center, 5204 U.S. Highway 98 S. in Lakeland. Call 863-647-4258 for details.

Source: Local News Brief – Two special-needs workshops coming up