#Elderly rights
United States of America


Last weekend, I watched the movie “I CARE A LOT”, it was one of the most disturbing movies I have ever seen. It was so upsetting, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. While the movie is not based on a true story, it brings awareness to a topic, many of us have no knowledge of.

My sister found an article about the movie on Esquire.com and sent it to me. The article was infuriating and I felt compelled to do something.

I went on line to find a petition to sign and couldn’t find one. I did find more stories like this one, they go on and on. It’s terrifying to consider the possibility that this could happen to us or someone we love!! I saw lots of posts from people that had the same reaction I did.

I found this on Congress.gov, H.R.4174 - Guardianship Accountability Act of 2019 has been Introduced by
Rep. Soto, Darren [D-FL-9] (Introduced 08/06/2019)
On 08/06/2019 it was Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary. I decided to create a petition to support this legislation.

Please sign this petition to protect yourself and the people you love by limiting the power of guardians for the elderly.

We, the undersigned, call on Congress to pass H.R.4174 - Guardianship Accountability Act of 2019. Mr. SOTO (for himself, Mr. BILIRAKIS, Mr. CRIST, and Mrs. DINGELL) introduced the following bill; which
was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary
To assist States in improving guardianship oversight and data collection.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

This Act may be cited as the “Guardianship Accountability Act of 2019”.
(a) F I N D I N G S .—Congress finds the following:
(1) An estimated 1,300,000 adults and approximately $50,000,000,000 in assets are under the care of guardians in the United States.
(2) Most guardians are selfless, dedicated individuals who play an important role in safeguarding individuals in need of support. However, unscrupulous guardians acting with little oversight have used guardianship proceedings to obtain control of individuals in need of support.
(3) Once a guardianship is imposed, there are often few safeguards in place to protect against individuals who choose to abuse the system and few States are able to report accurate or detailed guardianship data.
(4) A full guardianship order may remove more rights than necessary and may not be the best means of providing support and protection to an individual. If individuals subject to guardianship regain capacity, all or some rights should be quickly and efficiently restored.
(5) States should encourage courts to use alternatives to guardianship through State statutes, including the adoption of the Uniform Guardianship, Conservatorship, and Other Protective Arrangements Act, to ensure better protections and control for individuals being considered for guardianship and those pursuing a restoration of their rights.
(6) A national resource center on guardianship is needed to collect and publish information for the benefit of courts, policy makers, individuals subject to guardianship, guardians, community organizations, and other stakeholders.
(b) P U R P O S E S .—The purposes of this Act are to help States improve guardianship oversight and data collection by—
(1) designating a National Online Resource Center on Guardianship;
(2) authorize grants for the purpose of developing State Guardianship Databases; and
(3) establishing procedures for sharing background check information related to appointed guardians with other jurisdictions.

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The Help pass H.R.4174 - Guardianship Accountability Act of 2019 petition to Congress was written by Sheila Garrett and is in the category Elderly rights at GoPetition.