About Florida’s WINGS Collaborative Group
Florida guardianship stakeholders, working with the American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging and the National Center for State Courts, convened a collaborative group to accomplish guardianship reform through court-stakeholder partnerships. This collaborative group is known as WINGS – Working Interdisciplinary Network of Guardianship Stakeholders.
Between June 2017 and June 2018, Florida’s WINGS collaborative group will develop a strategic plan for guardianship reform in Florida.
States with WINGS programs have produced valuable resources, enhanced court oversight, and supported less restrictive options; building stronger communication paths between stakeholders and reducing silos among entities serving the same populations.
Most state WINGS reform efforts focus on:
- The initial consideration of less restrictive options prior to imposing guardianship;
- Procedural due process safeguards;
- A functional determination of an adult’s abilities and need for support;
- The use of limited orders;
- Solid court oversight; and
- Collection and maintenance of data.