Tuesday, January 1, 2013
As we reflect on the year 2012, we celebrate many accomplishments: the ABC7 investigative reports; Bobby Schindler’s petition to become Gary Harvey’s guardian; many, many cases profiled in print media across the country; NASGA’s participation as an expert in an on-line chat about guardianship abuse conducted by a major newspaper; the growing success of Marti Oakley’s weekly talk show on guardianship abuse; all eyes continuing to focus on the Daniel Gross case which is still alive in the courts and which, if successful, will chip away at immunity and begin to hold bad guardians accountable; the growing strength and drive many of our members are using to get involved with legislation in their respective states; the overall increasing awareness across the country of guardianship and conservatorship abuse, and more.
We are proud of our successes; but we also remember the many important court battles lost this year and the suffering vulnerable elderly and disabled wards continue to endure because their family has been rendered helpless to protect them. And we pause with heavy hearts, honoring those precious lives so needlessly lost during 2012. We use our overwhelming sorrow to fuel our advocacy and drive us to do even more in 2013 to STOP guardianship and conservatorship abuse so future victims, and their families, won’t have to suffer the pain and agony of guardianship and conservatorship abuse.