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LifeSpan’s Guardianship program was the first of its kind in Butler County when it started in 1996; it has also expanded into Warren County and in both communities, this program brings stability, safety, and companionship to hundreds of area residents.

LifeSpan Guardianship Team

Court-appointed Guardians can have a dramatic impact on the quality of life of our community’s most vulnerable residents—elderly, mentally ill and developmentally disabled people who have no family member able or willing to look out for them.

In addition to the LifeSpan’s staff Guardians, trained volunteer guardians play a critical role in the success of this program. Every year the need grows for more compassionate, committed volunteer guardians.

Both staff and volunteer Guardians are appointed by the Probate Court to make decisions for their clients relating to health care, living arrangements, or safety issues. Clients are individuals who need assistance in decision-making and advocacy based on limitations that impair their ability to make competent decisions. They typically live in nursing homes, group homes, and other supported living environments. Many times the Guardian may be the only person who visits outside of medical professionals or caregivers.


“Guardian is straight-forward and good about keeping her word.” ~referral source

If you are interested in making a referral to Guardianship

If you would like to make a difference in someone’s life, please consider becoming a volunteer Guardian. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, undergo fingerprinting and police background checks, and attend orientation and ongoing training. Please complete the form below to begin your application process.

If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer Guardian

Guardianship Manager

Lisa Frye, BA, NCG

Lisa has provided advocacy and support for others over the past 28 years and with LifeSpan’s Guardianship program leading a team, including staff and volunteers, for over six years. As a Nationally Certified Guardian providing the highest quality of decision making is Lisa’s goal; including coordination with all supports in the community. Lisa is also a member of the National Guardianship Association and board member of the Ohio Guardianship Association. In her spare time, Lisa enjoys volunteering for various community opportunities including hospice care.

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