Ada County’s Guardianship Monitoring Program was created in 1995 out of the requirement that the court review and monitor all guardianship and conservatorship cases for compliance with the governing state statutes. Idaho Code Section 15-5-419 requires every conservator or guardian to submit a written annual report on the anniversary date of appointment. This report includes information concerning the status of the ward (the person under legal guardianship) and of the ward’s estate, which has been under the guardian and/or conservator’s management.
Due to the number of legal guardianship cases in Ada County, it became necessary to establish a program that utilizes community volunteers to act as the “eyes and ears” of the court. Our visitors improve accountability as they monitor the care received by our most vulnerable populations which include the elderly, disabled, and minor children. These volunteer Court Visitors receive extensive training that provides them the ability to audit accountings, research case files, visit guardians and their wards, and report back to the court.
Volunteers are trained in areas such as communication skills, interviewing techniques, abuse identification, physical and mental health issues, and community resources. When the court decides a person can’t manage his or her own affairs and places the health, safety and financial security of a vulnerable person in someone else’s hands, the community expects accountability. The court and the community depend upon the Guardianship Monitoring Program to provide that oversight. In the few years of its existence, the program has made huge strides in determining the status of hundreds of people who need the help of a guardian or a conservator. Reports are more timely, action in problem cases is more prompt, and people are better-served thanks to this crucial service. Please call 208-287-7652 if you are interested in becoming a volunteer or learning more about the program.
Guardian and Conservator Duties and Responsibilities – general information for Guardians and Conservators.
Links to Forms
- Establishing or Terminating Guardianship of a Minor forms and instructions are available at the Court Assistance Office 208 287-6963. However, the Court Assistance Office cannot provide assistance on adult cases or those involving a person with a disability.
- Guardian or Conservator Reporting Forms may be found on the Idaho Supreme Court’s website: https://courtselfhelp.idaho.gov/Forms/Guardianship.
- Conservator or Guardian Change of Address form.
- Volunteer Application form.
- AARP – Idaho – Information Center – 866 295-7284
- Adult Protection reporting – 208 332-1745 or 844 689-7562; for after-hours emergencies, dial 911
- Child Protection Reporting – 208 334-6800, 24-hour emergency number 208 334-0808
- Clerk of the Court – 208 287-6900
- Commission on Aging – 208 334-3833
- Grandparents as Parents – 208 377-1771 or Casey Family Programs – 818 264-0880
- Idaho Legal Aid – 208 345-0106
- Idaho State Bar – 208 334-4500
- Idaho Volunteer Lawyers Program – 208 334-4510 or 800 221-3295