Congressional Hearings and Reports

  • In 1977, the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging issued a report entitled Protective Services for the Elderly: A Working Paper (86-528-0).
  • In 1987, the U.S. House Select committee on Aging, Subcommittee on Health and Long-Term Care, convened a hearing on guardianship and issued a report entitled Abuses in Guardianship of the Elderly and Infirm: A National Disgrace, (Comm. Pub. 100-641). 
  • In 1989, the U.S. House Select Committee on Aging issued a report on model standards to ensure quality guardianship and representative payeeship services, based on Guidelines for Guardianship Service Providers by The Center for Social Gerontology.
  • In 1992, the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging held a Roundtable Discussion on Guardianship (Serial No. 102-22) to examine the federal role in adult guardianship reform.
  • In 2003, the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging held a hearing entitled Guardianship Over the Elderly: Security Provided or Freedom Denied (Serial No. 108-3).
  • In 2007, Sen. Gordon Smith, Ranking Member, and Sen. Herb Kohl, Chairman, U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging issued a report entitled Guardianship for the Elderly: Protecting the Rights and Welfare of Seniors with Reduced Capacity.
  • In 2011, the Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts prepared a report for the U.S. Senate’s Committee on the Judiciary entitled Protecting Seniors and Persons with Disabilities: An Examination of Court-Appointed Guardians.