Guardianship Resources

Florida Statewide Public Guardianship Office

The Statewide Public Guardianship Office, housed within the Department of Elder Affairs, appoints local public guardian offices as directed by statute to provide guardianship services to persons who do not have adequate income or assets to afford a private guardian and there is no willing family or friend to serve. SPGO is also reponsible for the registration of Professional Guardians

Florida State Guardianship Association

FSGA is a nonprofit corporation founded in 1983 for the improvement of guardianship services. Governed by a Board of Directors representing five geographical areas of the State, FSGA is dedicated to promoting the protection, dignity, and value of incapacitated persons through ethics, advocacy, and the dissemination of information. FSGA’s mission also includes a focus on furthering the professionalization of guardians as accountable court representatives through education, networking, and legislative action.

Lighting the Way to Guardianship and Other Decision-Making Alternatives

The Lighting the Way to Guardianship and Other Decision-Making Alternatives project is designed to increase the knowledge of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families about guardianship options in Florida, and to increase the knowledge of attorneys and other professionals about Florida�s disability communities and Florida law pertaining to guardianship and guardianship alternatives.

Lighting the Way was initially funded and work began in October 2008 to accomplish these goals. Learn more about this project by reading the final reports from year 2009 and 2010 on the website.

Training workshops shine light on:

Guardian Advocacy
Decision-Making Options Other than Guardianship
Special Needs Trusts
Legal Resources

For more information on this project, please visit their website.

Pinellas Guardianship Association

The mission of the Guardian Association of Pinellas County is advocacy and education; to promote the welfare and quality of service for wards by development and improvement of the capabilities of guardians through education programs, lectures, discussions, and various methods of instruction.