Volunteer Guardian Program
NEW: VOLUNTEER GUARDIAN PROGRAM
The Via Center assumed management of the Volunteer Guardian Program (VGP) on January 1 of this year.
VGP is a partnership between:
* Via Health, Fitness & Enrichment Center
* Mobile County Probate Court
* Mobile County Commission
* The City of Mobile
* Community Partners who assist with referrals and support services
Much-appreciated support is provided by the Mobile Bar Foundation, an organization committed to improving the legal system and the administration of justice.
Volunteer Guardians are appointed by the Probate Court to make decisions for the incapacitated to protect their health and safety. VGP remains the only program of its kind in our state, and is the last line of defense for vulnerable citizens - with no appropriate family or friends - against homelessness and worsening quality of life.
YOU can be a Volunteer Guardian. We are looking for volunteers who are compassionate, caring and committed, 21 and older, have computer access, transportation and the ability to learn basic legal and medical information, complete a background check and can spare at least 4-6 hours per month to make a vulnerable citizen's life better.
Reach Out to Us
Lynn Hudson, Volunteer Guardian Program Coordinator
VGP HOTLINE: 251.219.8477
Volunteer Guardian Training Resources
The Via Center is committed to providing support for our Volunteer Guardians. As we continue to adhere to Covid safety and health guidance, we will post training videos and resources for you to access. Thank you for your service!
Legal precedent, facts, red flags, assessment and reporting options.
South Alabama Volunteer Lawyers Association application. Requirements for legal assistance.
Resources from the American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging, National Center of State Courts and National Guardianship Association. Guardians have many questions about how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting their responsibilities.
Assistance on deciding whether to give consent for a ward to receive the COVID vaccine, and person-centered decision-making.
Trainings Videos Listed in Post Order
Techniques for communicating with people who are: blind/visually impaired; deaf/hard of hearing; have speech impairments, mobility issues and cognitive disabilities; and those from other cultures
Legal definition for incapacitation requiring guardianship, abilities/areas of needed assistance, other alternatives.
Scenarios when a conservator or guardianship may come to an ended, including something happening to a Guardian, your ward regaining capacity or the death of your ward. Explanation of Restoration of Rights proceedings.
How do you determine if someone is "legally incapacitated?" Assess capacity, determine capacity and the understanding that determining capacity is not a one-size-fits-all approach.
Overview of adult abuse, neglect and financial exploitation and ways to seek protection for a vulnerable adult. Common signs. Five protective measures.
Fundamental concepts of guardianship and conservatorship. Guardianship/conservatorship as a court intervention, protective proceeding, and oversight of an incapacitated person’s affairs. Responsibilities guardians and conservators have to the court, and to the incapacitated person.
Roles and duties of a guardian. Guardian’s general authority under Alabama law. Role in monitoring and promoting the person’s well-being, protecting the person from harm, and utilizing least-restrictive alternatives. “Substituted judgment” and “best interest” standards for making decisions.