Florida WINGS - Protecting Citizens, Supporting GuardianshipWINGS Public Outreach: Your Input Matters

Florida WINGS group is looking to hear directly from Floridians whose lives have been touched by, or may be touched by, guardianship—among them, families, people under guardianship (either currently or formerly), guardians, private and government attorneys, state agencies, and judges and court personnel. Floridians may provide input in the following ways:

Attend a Public Hearing:
February 1, 2018: Orange County Courthouse
425 North Orange Avenue, Suite 180
Orlando, FL
4p.m. – 7p.m.

Speakers are asked to address one of two questions. Comments should be succinct. A time limit will be imposed.

  • If you could make one change in Florida’s guardianship system, what would it be? OR
  • How can courts improve their processes to better ensure protection of the person, property, and rights of individuals who are under guardianship or who need assistance making decisions?

NOTE: Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation to participate in the public hearings should contact Melinda Coulter, 850-922-5618 or coulterm@flcourts.org, as far in advance as possible but preferably by January 19. Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech impairment and who use specialized telephone equipment may contact Marquita Green through the Florida Relay Service, 7-1-1.

Use our Online Comment Form:
Submit Comments

The online comment form is available for people who are unable to attend either public hearing. The comment form provides an opportunity to answer the same questions addressed at the public hearings.

This feedback will play an important role to advance guardianship reforms and increase the effectiveness of Florida’s guardianship systems.

ELECTRONIC ACCESSIBILITY: This Accessibility Options document from the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council offers help using assistive technology to navigate websites.

Additional questions or comments about the survey or public input hearings may be submitted via email to guardianship@flcourts.org.

WINGS: Supporting the Future of Guardianship in Florida

Florida’s WINGS effort aims to collaboratively map a comprehensive strategy for improved processes and increased effectiveness.

Overarching Goals of Florida’s WINGS Initiative:

  • Identify strengths and weaknesses in the state’s current system of adult guardianship and less restrictive decision-making options.
  • Address key policy and practice issues.
  • Engage in outreach, education, and training.
  • Serve as an on-going problem-solving mechanism to enhance the quality of life of adults in or potentially in the guardianship and alternatives system.

Year 1 (2017 – 2018) Goals:

  • Identify stakeholders.
  • Develop a strategic plan for guardianship and identify short-term and long-term goals and outcomes.
  • Establish a planning process to sustain FL WINGS.