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Adult guardianship program in Porter County- PCACS seeks input on, how it serves the community

Written by Bruce Lindner. Posted in Featured, Senior Living

Published on July 04, 2018 with No Comments

Indiana Guardianship Services Executive Director and staff attorney Amber Poff addresses the Porter County Aging and Community Services’ board of directors at a recent meeting.

Our board of directors recently received input on a more widespread adult guardianship program for Porter County.

Amber Poff, executive director and staff attorney at LaPorte-based Indiana Guardianship Services, outlined what her agency is all about and how it serves the community.

The program allows the agency to serve as a guardian for adults who have been adjudicated incapacitated and have no other viable alternative for a guardian. The agency utilizes trained professionals as well as volunteers to advocate for at-risk adults, including 50 in LaPorte County and eight in Porter County.

“Whereas children have foster families, there is no adult equivalent,” Poff said. “Sometimes there is no one willing, able or appropriate to serve as a guardian to an individual. We work to maintain the safety and dignity of the individuals that we serve.”

I have seen that there is a real need for this type of service in our county. I am often receiving phone calls from individuals whose family members are at the end of life and they don’t know what to do.

I am working with my board to see how we can move forward in order to work with IGS and help it serve even more Porter County residents. We are striving to collaborate with IGS to expand services here and we will continue to delve into this topic throughout the summer to see what we can put into place.

We would love input from community members who may have ideas or suggestions on how such a service could be developed here. We also are seeking individuals who would be interested in being part of our board’s ad hoc committee, which will further explore this matter.

Community members interested in serving on the committee or who have input on this subject should contact me at (219) 465-7144 or bhlindner@portercountyacs.org.

Service projects open soon

Community members and teams will be able to browse this year’s United Way Day of Caring projects beginning on July 1.

The annual day of service, on Friday, Aug. 10, continues to tie together the region’s non-profits and service-minded individuals who not only learn what the agencies are all about, but also help them tackle lingering projects.

Businesses, civic groups, churches or municipalities can sign up a team to help with region organizations’ to-do lists.

Visit www.nwivolutneer.org for details.

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About Bruce Lindner

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All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Chronicle.  Bruce Lindner has worked in the not-for-profit world for more than 25 years and has been executive director of Porter County Aging and Community Services for five. A native of the Region, he was raised in Portage and he graduated from Valparaiso University. You can call him at 219-464-9736 or e-mail at bhlindner@frontier.com.

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