The Patrick Sorohan Ashtabula County Volunteer Guardianship Program offers guardianship services for individuals deemed incompetent by the probate court.

The Guardianship Program trains and utilizes community volunteers who agree to serve as guardians of person to frail, elderly, indigent Ashtabula county residents, typically in care settings, who lack available, appropriate support systems. The program can match clients with caring advocates and surrogate decision makers when no less restrictive alternative to guardianship is available.

Volunteer Guardians have the following responsibilities:

  • Make monthly visitation
  • Protect the ward’s rights
  • Ensure the best possible living conditions
  • Make medical decisions
  • Uphold the ward’s dignity


To learn more, contact:

Jennifer Cleveland, MSHS
Protective Services Supervisor
440.992.2121 ext. 26
  • Ashtabula
  • Office of Social Services
  • Regional Agency
  • Portage & Stark