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Details for Service Guardianship
Service Name Guardianship Program Name Protection Supports - Adults
Goal Provide services and protection to individuals and families experiencing serious health and safety needs who are not, at least temporarily, able to assist themselves with the goal of helping them to return to independent, community living.
Objective Assure that adults needing assistance to care for themselves are safe from abuse, neglect and exploitation through provision of support services.
Division Division of Aging and Adult Services
Service Description

Guardianship is a legal relationship in which someone (the guardian) has legal authority to be the substitute decision maker for an adult who cannot manage his or her own affairs or cannot make important legal and medical decisions.

Guardians are often family members, but directors or assistant directors of local human services agencies may serve as guardians when no one else is available or willing. They provide services including: 

  •          -Assessing the needs of an individual for a guardian
  •          -Trying to find an appropriate person to serve as guardian
  •         - Petitioning the court or helping the family petition the court to appoint a guardian
  •          -Serving as guardian of last resort; ongoing casework for the individual
             -Making required reports to the court
 Guardianship benefits adults with disabilities and disabled and impairments.
Web Site https://www.ncdhhs.gov/assistance/guardianship/guardianship-alternatives-to-guardianship Year First Initiated 1977
Available State Wide Yes Geographic Area Served
Grants Provided No Competitive Bidding No
Competitive Bidding Details
Waiting List No Waiting List Start Date
Number Waiting
Waiting List Details

Income Eligibility
Income Eligibility No
Income Eligibility Method
Income Eligibility Type
Whose Income Eligibility
Income Disregard No
Income Disregard Desc
Income Verified No
Income Verified Method
Income Criteria
Income Eligibility Change
Income Eligibility Method Prior To Change
Income Eligibility Other

Target Population
Age Range Start Age Range End
18 100+

Legal Authority
Authorization Level Authorization Type Citation
State Statute G.S. 35A-1213(d); G.S. 35A-108A-108A-15

Budget Information
State Fiscal Year (SFY)
As of the month of
Authorized Budget Fiscal Year 2024 SFY 2023-2024 Year To Date Expenditures Balance
Salary and Fringes (1X) 0 0 0
Salary Other (1X) 0 0 0
Operating (2X-5X) 0 0 0
Contracts/Allocations (6X) 0 0 0
Reserves (7X) 0 0 0
Transfers (8X) 0 0 0
Total Requirements 0 0 0
Receipts-Federal 0 0 0
Receipts- Local receipts 0 0 0
Receipts- Other receipts 0 0 0
Total Receipts 0 0 0
General Fund Appropriations 0 0 0
State Local Other
0 0 0
State Local
0 0