Guardianship Program

The Guardianship Program serves people who have a disabling condition making them unable to make informed decisions about care, treatment, and other life choices. This includes individuals with conditions related to the aging process such as dementia, people with a mental illness, people with developmental disability, people who have had a traumatic brain injury, or people with a physical handicap.

Guardianship is the legal process by which the court finds an individual’s ability to
make decisions impaired, therefore the court gives the right to make decisions to another person or entity. A guardian is a substitute decision-maker with many court-mandated duties and responsibilities.

Office of Public Guardian

Seniors First has been appointed to serve as the Public Guardian for Orange and Seminole Counties. We provide professional guardianship services, at the direction of the courts, to incapacitated adults 18 and older of limited financial means who may be subject to abuse, neglect or exploitation because they have no one willing or able to monitor and advocate for them.

Seniors First is monitored by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs Statewide Public Guardianship Office and is a member of the Florida Professional Guardianship Association.


Program Director and professional guardian Jenny Shuff-Dowd leads the court-mandated 8 hour training for individuals who have been appointed to serve as a guardian for a friend or family member. You must register in advance to attend; classes fill up quickly. Class fees do not include lunch.

Class Schedule:

October 19, (full)             May 17, 2018
November 9, (full)          June 21, 2018
No December class          No July class
January 18, 2018              August 16, 2018
February 15, 2018            September 13, 2018
March 22, 2018               October 18, 2018
April 19, 2018                  November 8, 2018

Class Time:
9a.m. to 5p.m.; doors open at 8:30am.
Certificate of Completion provided.

Class Location:
Seniors First Administrative Office; free parking available.
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Class Fees:
$100 per appointed Guardian (1 individual)
$50 per additional person

How to Register

  1. To request a registration form call 407.297.9980.
  2. Mail us a completed registration form, check or money order, and a copy of your Letters of Guardianship.
  3. You are not registered until your payment is received.
  4. Only those registered in advance may attend.

Make Plan

Dress comfortably and consider bringing a light jacket. Classroom doors will be locked during lunch; many lunch spots are located nearby on Kirkman Road.

Contact the Guardianship Office
Seniors First
5395 L.B. McLeod Rd.
Orlando, FL 32811
T: 407.297.9980
F: 407.521.0577

Seniors First, Inc., 5395 LB McLeod Road, Orlando, FL 32811 | Phone 407-292-0177 | Fax 407-292-2773 |