Guardianship Program

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

The Guardianship Program serves people who have a disabling condition. This includes individuals with dementia, severe mental illness, developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injury or physical disability.

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 of limited financial means, age 18 and older,  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 Office of Public and Professional Guardians and is a member of the Florida Professional Guardianship Association.

Click here for the Seniors First Guardianship Application

Live Online Guardianship Training Class

Call us at: 407-723-1375
Email us at:  guardianshipclass@seniorsfirstinc.org
Live Online Guardianship Class- FAQ

Class Schedule 2023:

January 26th
March 16th
May 18th
July 20th
September 21st
November 16th

Class Fees:
$100 per appointed Guardian (1 Individual)
$50 per additional person

How to Register:
1. Fill out the online registration and payment form. Register for the January class here.
2. You will receive verification once your registration is complete and payment has been processed. You  are not registered until your payment is received. (The Zoom invite information along with your training manual for the Live Online Guardianship Class will be emailed to you a week prior to class.) 
3. Only those registered in advance may attend the class.
4. What you will learn.

Day of Class:  The Live Online Guardianship Training Class is an 8 hour program from 9am-5pm with a mid-morning break and 1 hour lunch. You will need access to a computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone. A webcam is required. Guardians are required to attend the full 8 hour course and will be monitored to ensure their participation. Be sure you are able to commit to the full 8 hours.

Certificates of credit for this class will not be given out unless you attended the full class. Your certificates will be emailed to you within two weeks of taking this class. It is your responsibility to forward the certificate to your attorney to place in your guardianship file within the circuit the case was filed. For those advocates who do not have an attorney, please make sure to mail a copy to the court.

 

 

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