faqs about

Picture at the lake with a guardian

Since you are a program of Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry (LMM) does that mean you only serve or hire Lutherans?

Absolutely not! We are an equal opportunity employer and service provider. We do not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, creed, color, disability, or sexual orientation.

Can anyone be a guardian?

No. You must be 18 years of age or older, a resident of Ohio, and have not been charged with or convicted of a crime involving theft, physical violence, sexual abuse, or alcohol or substance abuse, to be a guardian. The Court prefers that family members become the guardian when possible; at times there is no family available or the family is inappropriate due to abuse, neglect, or exploitation. That's when Adult Guardianship Services becomes involved.

What kinds of things do guardians do?

Guardians of Person provide the following services:

If you are a not-for-profit program, why do you serve paying clients, not just those who are indigent?

We believe that anyone who is without family and needs a guardian should have access to one who will care about them, visit regularly, and make good decisions for them. In addition, any excess revenues we achieve from serving clients who can pay allows us to serve more people who are indigent.

Don't attorneys usually act as guardians? Your staff aren't lawyers. Is that good?

Generally, there are two types of guardians: Guardian of Person and Guardian of Estate. Attorneys are excellent at doing Guardian of Estate work which requires a lot of legal intervention. However, Guardian of Person activities include decisions about living arrangements and medical care. As Guardian of Person, we work collaboratively with attorneys and trust officers at banks to make the best decisions possible for our wards.

Does the Cuyahoga County Probate Court approve of what you do?

Since 1989, Adult Guardianship Services has been the sole provider of Guardian of Person services to people who are indigent in Cuyahoga County. We are proud to continue that tradition into the future.

Aren't you in competition with attorneys?

With AGS acting as Guardian of Person, attorneys can focus on Guardian of Estate/financial issues. Attorneys are freed from time-consuming and often complicated social work responsibilities of Guardian of Person, resulting in a more satisfied ward and family.

How much does your service cost?

There is no fee if the ward is indigent. Funds for guardianship services for these individuals comes from the Indigent Guardianship Fund of the Probate Court. The fee for private pay clients is $90 an hour, a fee which has been approved by the Cuyahoga County Probate Court.

How else do you get funds to support your program?

In addition to the Indigent Guardianship Fund of the Cuyahoga County Probate Court we receive funding from United Way, the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging, the Department of Senior and Adult Services of Cuyahoga County, many local foundations, referral fees charged to hospital and nursing homes, the ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County, and donations from individuals, businesses, and churches.

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