Jewish Family & Children's Service of Pittsburgh

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Guardianship

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.

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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.

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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.

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