The Spokane County Superior Court Guardianship Monitoring Program recruits and trains volunteers to assist in monitoring guardianship cases. Volunteers are needed as records researchers, financial auditors, and court visitors to serve as the eyes and ears of the court to help detect or prevent abuse, neglect, and exploitation of incapacitated persons. Volunteers must be 21 years of age or older. Training and supervision are provided.
The records researchers research court files to verify that court-ordered documents and reports have been filed and update addresses and phone numbers of the incapacitated person and their guardian.
The financial auditors review court-ordered accountings of the incapacitated person's finances, submitted to the court by the guardian, to ensure that the incapacitated person's finances are being handled properly and in their best interest.
The court visitors visit the incapacitated persons, guardians, and any other caregivers to ensure that the incapacitated person's needs are being met and adequate care is being provided. This monitoring function enables the court to have first-hand information about persons under guardianship.