Guardianships of Adults: Achieving Justice, Autonomy, and Safety

Guardianships of Adults: Achieving Justice, Autonomy, and Safety

Guardianships of Adults: Achieving Justice, Autonomy, and Safety

Guardianships of Adults: Achieving Justice, Autonomy, and Safety

Synopsis

A comprehensive text on guardianship for community health and social service practitioners for their work with adults who have diminished capacities. The author introduces the subject by reporting case examples of people who are affected, and the reasons for focusing on guardianships at this point in time. Useful appendices expand and supplement the text of the book.

Excerpt

Judge Raymond C. Eubanks, Jr. President, National College of Probate Judges

To most people other than judges and some lawyers, guardianship has been and remains a nebulous, mysterious process without adequate parameters. For too long, there has been little cooperation and communication between the professions which, together with the courts, serve those who are afflicted with diminished capacity. As our aging population is sure to increase by leaps and bounds over the next 3 decades, we can be equally sure that the possibilities of physical and mental impairment will also increase. Younger persons encumbered with addiction or suffering from a catastrophic illness or accident also have need of care and service, as do those with a developmental disability. All of these groups deserve the best our society can furnish in the area of care, treatment, and service. Thus, all professions which collectively have much to offer those who need our support must work together toward that desired result.

At last, Mary Joy Quinn has provided us with a beacon. Her book is the first comprehensive text on guardianship which accomplishes major goals. First, guardianship is explained, and this delicate court process is outlined and structured in an understandable, comprehensive fashion. Second, guidelines for solution of dilemmas sometimes faced in guardianships are set forth, and the perspective of judges and their support staffs are presented. Third, this volume present guidelines and approaches for effective intervention based upon real-world experiences. Up to now, this information has not been available in such a compact, understandable text.

This book points to tomorrow and presents clear, cogent outlines of needed educational opportunities and efforts, helpful judicial practices . . .

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