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​Kentucky’s public guardianship program is administered by the Division of Guardianship in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Individuals are served by offices in all regions of the state.

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In Kentucky, guardianship is a legal relationship between a court-appointed adult who assumes the role of guardian for a ward. A ward is a person who has been declared legally disabled by the court and is no longer able to care for his or her personal and/or financial needs.

A guardian may be a friend or family member who is willing to care for the disabled individual. If there is no one willing to care for the disabled person, the court will appoint the Cabinet for Health and Family Services as the state guardian. The duties of the state guardian include:

  • Full Guardianship/Full Conservator – In this category the Cabinet is responsible for both the personal and financial needs of the ward. A court has found the ward fully disabled and all personal and financial rights are removed except the right to vote. The judge decides whether or not a ward retains the right to vote.
  • Personal Guardian – A court finds the ward fully disabled in his/her personal affairs and appoints a personal guardian who is responsible for only personal affairs of the ward.
  • Conservator – A court finds the ward fully disabled in managing his/her financial affairs and appoints a conservator who is responsible for financial or fiduciary affairs of the ward.
  • Limited Guardian - A limited guardian may be appointed if the disabled person is declared partially disabled and can manage some personal needs but may need assistance with others. In this case, the court will also decide which civil rights the person can retain and which are given to the guardian. These may include the right to vote, the right to drive a car, the right to make medical decisions and the right to determine where to live.
  • Limited Conservator - A limited conservator may be appointed if the disabled person only needs help with managing  some financial or fiduciary affairs. In this case, the court will also decide which civil rights the person can retain and which are given to the conservator. These may include the right to sell property and the right to sign legal documents such as checks, marriage licenses or wills.

Tonia WellsDirector
Phone: 502-330-6861

Jessica Wayne, Assistant Director
Phone: 502-564-7941 x3535
Fax: 502-564-5703

Mike Handy, Assistant Director
Phone: 502-595-4052 x5807
Fax: 502-595-4397

Eastern Region:
Andrea Yearego, Branch Manager
Phone: 606-776-4939

Northern Bluegrass
Jennifer Sexton-Messer, Supervisor
8311 US Hwy 42, Florence, KY 41042
Phone: 859-371-7182
Fax: 859-282-0861

Counties Covered:
Boone
Bracken
Campbell
Carroll
Fleming
Gallatin
Grant
Henry
Kenton
Lewis
Mason
Owen
Pendleton
Robertson
Trimble

Northeastern
Andrea Yearego, Supervisor
PO Box 1307
Ashland, KY 41105
1539 Greenup Ave, Ste. 201
Ashland KY 41101
Phone: 606-920-2050 x3
Fax: 606-920-2051

Counties Covered:
Bath
Boyd
Carter
Elliott
Greenup
Lawrence
Menifee
Montgomery
Morgan
Rowan




Eastern Mountain
Crystal Deaton,
Supervisor
311 N. Arnold Ave, Ste. 401
Prestonsburg, KY 41653 
Phone: 606-889-1736 x4
Fax: 606-889-1782

Counties Covered:
Floyd
Johnson
Knott
Lee
Leslie
Letcher
Magoffin
Martin
Owsley
Perry
Pike
Wolfe
Owsley


Northern Region:
Valorie Stamper, Branch Manager
Phone: 502-712-6664

North Central
Katrina Witten, Supervisor
275 East Main Street 3E-W
Frankfort, KY 40621
Phone: 502-564-9935 x3484
Fax: 502-564-5703

Counties Covered:
Anderson
Boyle
Bullitt
Franklin
Hardin
Larue
Marion
Mercer
Nelson
Oldham
Shelby
Spencer
Washington

Metro 1
Joshua Clark, Supervisor
908 West Broadway, Ste. 4W
Louisville, KY 40203
Phone: 502-595-4052 X5327
Fax: 502-595-4397

Counties Covered:
Bullitt
Henry
Jefferson
Oldham
Shelby
Spencer
Trimble




Louisville Metro
Paul Webster, Supervisor

908 West Broadway, Ste. 4W
Louisville, KY 40203
Phone: 502-595-4052 x5326
Fax: 502-595-4397

 County Covered:
Jefferson







Southern Region:
Melissa Stephens, Branch Manager
Phone: 502-229-8215

Southern Bluegrass
Charlie Darrington, Supervisor
455 Park Place
3rd Floor, Room 437
Lexington, KY 40511
Phone 859-245-5748
Fax: 859-271-3237

Counties Covered:
Anderson
Bourbon
Boyle
Clark
Estill
Fayette
Franklin
Gerrard
Harrison
Jessamine
Lincoln
Madison
Mercer
Nicholas
Powell
Scott
Woodford


Cumberland
Melissa Stephens, Supervisor
67 Eagle Creek Drive Ste. 102
Somerset, KY 42503
Phone: 606-677-4210
Fax: 606-677-4231

Counties Covered:
Adair
Bell
Casey
Clay
Cumberland
Green
Harlan
Jackson
Knox
Laurel
McCreary
Pulaski
Rockcastle
Russell
Taylor
Wayne
Whitley








​​Western Region:
Heather Holland, Branch Manager
Phone: 270-839-5125
Western
Rebecca Perry, Supervisor
PO Box 2200
Hopkinsville, KY 42241
2400 Russellville Rd., 42240
Phone: 270-889-6025 x387
Fax: 270-886-6675

Counties Covered:
Ballard
Calloway
Cardwell
Carlisle
Christian
Crittenden
Fulton
Graves
Hickman
Hopkins
Livingston
Marshall
McCracken
Muhlenberg
Todd
Trigg





Midwestern
Katina Hayden, Supervisor
3649 Wathens Crossing
Owensboro, KY 42301
Phone: 270-683-5387 x4
Fax:270-683-4750

Counties Covered:
Breckinridge
Daviess
Grayson
Hancock
Hardin
Henderson
Larue
Marion
McLean
Meade
Nelson
Ohio
Union
Washington
Webster


Southwestern
Shaun Rich, Supervisor
PO Box 2170
Bowling Green, KY 42102
356 Suwannee Trail Street
Bowling Green, KY 42102
Phone: 270-746-7438 x3230
Fax: 270-746-7449

Counties Covered:
Allen
Barren
Butler
Edmonson
Hart
Logan
Metcalfe
Monroe
Simpson
Warren




 

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