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The Patrick Sorohan Ashtabula County Volunteer Guardianship Program offers guardianship services for individuals deemed incompetent by the Ashtabula County 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
  • Submit a monthly timesheet

Note: Once referred, the process of matching a volunteer with a ward and preparing for the court appointment of a guardian, can take several weeks. The decision on whether a situation qualifies as an emergency is determined by the probate court.

To learn more, contact:

Jennifer Cleveland, MSHS, NCG

Protective Services Supervisor

440.992.2121 ext. 26




  • Ashtabula
  • Office of Social Services
  • Regional Agency
  • Portage & Stark