What is a vulnerable adult?
A vulnerable adult is a person 18 years of age or older who has a physical, mental or emotional dysfunction that impairs the individual’s ability to provide adequately for the individual’s own care without assistance, including the provision of food, shelter, clothing, health care or supervision; and because of the dysfunction and the need for assistance, the individual has an impaired ability to protect the individual from maltreatment.

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1. When does the County Attorney’s Office become involved with adult protection matters?
2. What is a vulnerable adult?
3. What kind of judicial action can be taken to protect vulnerable adults?
4. Can private individuals file their own guardianship/conservatorship petitions, without the involvement of the County Attorney’s Office?
5. What can private citizens do to assist with the protection of vulnerable adults?