In 2013, the Indiana General Assembly provided funding to establish the Adult Guardianship Office under the Indiana Supreme Court.
- serves as a resource for courts and general public on all issues related to adult guardianship
- administers grant funding to increase the number of volunteer-based guardianship programs throughout the state
In 2018, more than $1.1 million in grant funding was awarded to eighteen volunteer-based guardianship programs, serving 42 counties. These programs currently serve close to 600 vulnerable and incapacitated adults in Indiana who are unable to make personal and financial decisions regarding their care.
The Indiana Adult Guardianship State Task Force is a multidisciplinary work group of public and private key stakeholders and advocates convened to examine the public policy and service delivery issues and needs related to adult guardianship in Indiana. Read the February 2012 report »
Online Guardianship Registry
The Adult Guardianship Office is also involved in the development of an online guardianship registry. The registry provides non-confidential information to the public, including: the name of the protected person, the name of the appointed guardian, the protected person’s year of birth, whether the guardianship case is active or expired, when the letters of guardianship were issued, the county issuing the guardianship, and the guardianship cause number.
The registry will
- provide useful and timely information to the public on the current status of guardianships throughout the state
- be a vital tool for hospitals, banks, law enforcement, mental health facilities, government agencies, and other service providers who are often placed in emergency situations where knowing whether someone is under a guardianship and who needs to be contacted is critical
- be an important tool for courts, tracking the number and types of guardianships filed in each jurisdiction
Adult Guardianship Symposium
On May 17, 2018, the Adult Guardianship Office, along with the WINGS-Indiana Adult Guardianship State Task Force, Indiana Association of Area Agencies on Aging, and Indiana State Guardianship Association will sponsor an adult guardianship symposium discussing new possibilities in adult guardianship across the state and in our communities. The symposium will be held at the Indianapolis Marriott East, and costs $55 to attend.
For more information on the Adult Guardianship Office, contact
Erica Costello, Staff Attorney
251 N. Illinois Street, Suite 800
Indianapolis, IN 46204