Monday, January 4, 2016

Public Guardianship in Nebraska

Brad Brake from Nebraska’s recently established Office of Public Guardian spoke to us at Kiwanis this noon. The Office of Public Guardian is designed to serve as the guardian or conservator for an individual when no other alternative is available. In addition to providing the means of last resort as guardians or conservators for those situations where no family member or suitable individual is available, the Office of Public Guardian provides education, training, and support for volunteer and family guardians and conservators, and recruits individuals to serve as guardians and conservators for Nebraska’s vulnerable individuals. The work of the Office of Public Guardian is guided by the Advisory Council on Public Guardianship. Work was begun on January 1, 2015, to develop the processes, guidelines, plans and personnel policies to implement the Public Guardianship Act. Brad was raised on a Minnesota farm, received a degree from Hamline U. at St. Paul. He came to Nebraska and received a law degree from UN-L. He is one of several Assistant Public Guardians with assigned territories across the State.

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