Comprehensive guardianship services are available to those individuals who have been determined by the Court to be incapacitated and no longer able to make their own life decisions. JF&CS serves clients ("wards") through a private guardianship program, as well as through a contract with the Allegheny County Offices of Mental Retardation/Developmental Disabilities. We may serve as guardian of person, guardian of estate or both.
In addition to Guardianship, JF&CS may also serve as Power of Attorney (POA).
If you feel an individual is incapacitated and unable to manage his or her own financial resources and/or is unable to make informed medical decisions, a guardianship referral is warranted. Please click here for the GUARDIANSHIP REFERRAL FORM.
The form should be completed and faxed to the JF&CS Guardianship program office prior to setting up a referral meeting (instructions can be found on the form).
Guardianship of Person
JF&CS's duties as guardian of person include making daily decisions about the ward's personal affairs, always with the idea of protecting the autonomy, independence and rights of the ward.Read More
Guardianship of Estate
In exercising our duties as guardian of estate, JF&CS manages the financial responsibilities of the ward's estate exclusively for the benefit of the ward.Read More
Power of Attorney (POA)
Through written and notarized power of attorney (POA) documents, individuals can bestow upon JF&CS the legal power to act on their behalf according to the terms of the document when the individual is no longer able to do so. With a POA, Advanced Health Care Directives are able to be put into place by the individual and carried through by the caseworker.Read More