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Guardianship Offers Peace of Mind & Security.

Guardianship is the process designed to protect and exercise the legal rights of individuals who lack the capacity to make their own decisions.

Having the proper planning and guidance provides security and piece of mind for Seniors and their loved ones. At Council on Aging, our Guardians are nationally certified and can make a positive difference to you and your family. It’s important to find a resource that you can TRUST to help manage finances as well as other important aspects of care.

There are two types of Guardianship Services available:

Corporate/Professional Guardianship

COA may be appointed as a Corporate/Professional Guardian for a minor child or an adult. COA's Professional Guardianship Department is bonded, licensed and appointed through the Circuit Court of Volusia and Flagler County.

Public Guardianship
COA designated the Public Guardian for Volusia County by the Statewide Public Guardian Office. Operating under contract from the State of Florida, this program generally serves senior citizens who lack the capacity to make their own decisions, and have no willing or able family or friend to serve as their guardian, and do not have adequate income or assets to pay for a guardianship. The Public Guardian promotes the protection,dignity and value of incapa citated seniors in our county. This program is county funded.

Why Choose Guardianship?
A Power of Attorney or Voluntary Guardianship might be considered if someone finds themselves without a trusted person to handle their affairs and make decisions for them. If, on the other hand, an individual exhibits peculiar behavior and/or significant memory loss and appears to be unable to make logical sound decisions relating to their living situation, care and/or finances, a limited or plenanary guardianship might be considered. Council on Aging can assist in determining the correct course of action.

Why Choose a Certified Guardian?
While state laws vary regarding the requirements for a guardian to be appointed, Center for Guardianship Certification (CGC) certification sets a guardian apart from non-certified guardians as someone who has met nationally recognized requirements including a minimum level of knowledge and experience in guardianship services.

All CGC Certified Guardians:

  • Have sufficient skill, knowledge and understanding of universal guardianship principals

  • Are held to standards of practice – National Guardianship Association Code of Ethics
  • Meet nationally recognized requirements

  • Are the leaders in quality and trusted guardianship service

Why choose COA Volusia County for Guardianship? Because our Guardians are Nationally Certified. For additional information, click the links below, or call COA at (386) 253-4700, ext. 225



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