Volunteer Guardian Program
Judge Elinore Marsh Stormer has created the Volunteer Guardian Program to provide trained, Court appointed volunteer guardians for indigent wards who do not have family or friends who can help. Jewish Family Services will match a volunteer with a person in need. Summit County Probate Court, in conjunction with Jewish Family Services, will train all volunteers to serve as advocates and surrogate decision makers for the wards under guardianship.
To learn more about becoming a volunteer guardian, contact J. J. Mesko-Kimmich, JFS Volunteer Guardian Program Director, at 330-867-3388, or go to www.jfsakron.org/volunteerguardian.
To hear from our volunteer guardians, see the Volunteer Guardian Program video.
Mandatory Guardianship Training Video for Appointed Guardians
To prepare for guardianship, all appointees are required to watch two training videos prior to the appointment hearing. To facilitate this requirement, the videos will be scheduled on the same day as your hearing. Information on the date and time for the video presentation and appointment hearing will be sent by Probate Court.
Attention Guardianship/Conservatorship Applicants!
Upon applying for guardianship you are required to submit a BCI background check. Background checks should be completed at the time of application for Guardianship. Processing a background check can take anywhere from 3 to 30 days. You must have a valid government-issued photo ID (Driver’s License, State ID, Military ID, Green Card). Background checks are available through the Summit County Clerk of Courts, or you may go to the Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation to locate a BCI background check site near you.