Volunteer Guardianship Monitoring and Assistance: Serving the Court and the Commnity s a practical hands-on guide to help courts establish volunteer programs. It is based on the extensive experience of AARP, as well as existing court volunteer guardianship review programs. In addition to the Introduction, the guide includes three handbooks:
The Program Coordinators handbook sets out basic steps for planning a program, as well as recruiting and managing volunteers. A judge or court administrator considering or initiating a volunteer program should review the manual—particularly the sections on adapting the program to a specific court and the key planning factors. The coordinator should review the entire manual and use it as a guide to tailor the program for the court. See separate appendices below.
The Trainer's Handbook offers materials needed to plan a comprehensive training for volunteers, including training tips, a model training agenda, and a complete outline of lectures and exercises for a two-day curriculum for “volunteer court visitors,” as well as a one-day training for “volunteer auditors.” See separate appendices below.
The Volunteer's Handbook is a separate free-standing text designed as a take-home reference for volunteers. It includes background information, local resources, fact sheets, forms, and other materials that volunteers need to function effectively in the program. The court should adapt the handbook to the state guardianship statute and other relevant state laws, local court procedures, and community resources. See separate appendices below.