the Rethinking Guardianship: Building a Case for Less Restrictive Alternatives
initiative is in the third year of a grant awarded to the state’s Division of Aging and Adult Services by the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities.
Year 1 report
Year 2 report
The Jordan Institute for Families within the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill is facilitating a large and diverse workgroup and using research findings and stories of those affected by guardianship to drive action.
Accomplishments, thus far, include 1) short-term and long-term strategies for change to NC legislation, policy and practice with a Guardianship Bill of Rights serving as a first step; 2) a website to provide comprehensive information and resources; and, 3) identification of training objectives and curricula for private guardians.
In addition to the statewide effort, the initiative identified one pilot county to advance the goals of Rethinking Guardianship
. The Catawba County pilot is focusing on youth transitioning into adulthood; providing supported decision making options; and raising community awareness about guardianship and alternatives.
Contact: Linda Kendall Fields
Clinical Assistant Professor
School of Social Work, UNC Chapel Hill