About the Board of Community Guardian
The goal of the Board of Community Guardian is to protect incapacitated adult citizens from exploitation, abuse, or neglect, and to provide assistance to the volunteer guardian. The Board does this by screening and accepting referrals from the community, and recruiting and training volunteer guardians to act as the Board’s representative. To qualify for guardianship by the Board of Community Guardian the potential ward must lack capacity to make or communicate responsible decisions, and may suffer harm due to their inability to provide for needs of food, clothing, health care, shelter, safety and to manage their financial affairs.
In 1982, the State of Idaho enacted legislation that provides for volunteer guardians and conservators for incapacitated and vulnerable adults. The law was devised in response to community concerns about impaired adults who had no one to handle their affairs or to ensure they were receiving the proper care. The Ada County BOCG consists of seven Board members who sit as an administrative department of the county. They set policies for accepting referrals and are the deciding factor for whether a case is taken on by the BOCG.