Thursday, August 31, 2006

American Bar Association & AARP Survey of Guardianships

On July 6, 2006, AARP, in association with the American Bar Association, published a report that surveyed and studied post-appointment monitoring of guardianship administrations nationwide. The results are surprising and disturbing.

The survey and research report, entitled "In Brief: Guardianship Monitoring: A National Survey of Court Practices" (June 2006), was authored by Naomi Karp, ABA Commission on Law and Aging, and Erica F. Wood, American Bar Association.

The Report's Summary notes the findings:

A new AARP survey found that in about half (40 percent) of responding jurisdictions, no one is assigned to visit the vulnerable individuals under guardianship, leaving many Americans open to physical and financial abuse. The survey, "Guardianship Monitoring: A National Survey of Court Practices," was conducted by AARP's Public Policy Institute (PPI) with the help of the American Bar Association (ABA). It is the first examination of guardianship oversight practices in 15 years.

The AARP press release is found online here.

The AARP/ABA survey report is found online here.

Somewhat related AARP Foundation session materials (dated April, 2006) are found here.