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Mission

The mission of SCARC Guardianship Services, Inc. is to serve as lifelong advocates for people with developmental disabilities who cannot acquire needed services independently. We will work with persons with developmental disabilities, their families, and other service providers to achieve a secure life for those we serve. Our organization resolves to preserve the rights of individuals with developmental disabilities and to expand their opportunities and life choices.

History

SCARC Guardianship Services, Inc., a nonprofit corporation, was created in 1989 in response to requests from parents for local guardianship services for their adult children with developmental disabilities. The organization was founded as an independent member of the SCARC family of services with its own separate Board of Trustees. Parents needed to know that someone would be there to look out for the best interests of their children when they could no longer do so because of their own incapacity or death.

Eight years later, SCARC Guardianship Services, Inc. responded to the needs of the community once again and reorganized as a community trust agency. This allowed the organization to continue to provide guardianship services as well as trustee services. The organization is now able to meet the needs of  families by preparing them for the financial futures of their loved ones with developmental disabilities.

Around the same time, families involved with the agency expressed their needs and frustrations about the legal process of becoming the guardian of their adult family members with developmental disabilities. SCARC Guardianship Services, Inc. responded by developing and offering the services of the Pro Se Legal Advocacy Program. Through the services of this program, families were provided hands-on guidance and assistance with the confusing and intimidating process of becoming the legal guardian of their loved ones.

Today, SCARC Guardianship Services, Inc. is the guardian of 50 individuals who reside in Sussex or one of the surrounding counties, which presently includes Morris and Somerset.  

Through the services of the Pro Se Legal Advocacy Program, the organization has assisted over 600 families with becoming guardians of their loved ones with developmental disabilities at a greatly reduced cost. The program assists families in the following five northern region counties of New Jersey - Sussex, Morris, Warren, Passaic, and Hudson.

Additionally, SCARC Guardianship Services, Inc. is serving as the trustee for people with an individual special needs trust, a supplemental benefits trust, or who are enrolled in the SCARC Guardianship Services, Inc. Master Trust. 

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