Orphans’ Court seeks Guardian Program Volunteers

By: County News

March 22'nd, 2017

The Chester County Orphans’ Court is seeking volunteers to serve as its “eyes and ears” by visiting individuals who require guardianship.

The visits by volunteers assist the court in maintaining contact with any person deemed by the court to be incapacitated. The amount of volunteer time required is flexible. training topics include individual’s rights, Alzheimer’s disease, and information on public agencies that provide the guardianship services.

"The court appoints a guardian for an individual who is determined to be ‘incapacitated’ within the meaning of the law,” said Judge Katherine Platt, Orphans Court Judge. “The standard for that determination is whether the individual’s ability to receive and evaluate information and communicate decisions is impaired to such a significant extent that he or she is unable to manage his or her financial resources, or meet essential requirements for physical health and safety.”

Anyone interested in becoming part of the Orphans’ Court guardian program is invited to take part in a free training session that will be held on Thursday, April 6, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Chester County Justice Center, 201 W. Market Street, West Chester. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.