What is SAFE?

SAFE Court Appointed Special AdvocatesSAFE volunteers are Court Appointed Special Advocates for vulnerable adults. Adults are most often the elderly, but can also be developmentally disabled adults or any person who is incapable of, or needs assistance in, protecting his or her own interests. Our volunteers are appointed by a Judge. SAFE volunteers are well-trained men and women who have the time, heart and commitment to investigate a situation and then report back to the Judge regarding the best interests of the adult.

SAFE volunteers advocate on behalf of an adult, ensuring the services they are receiving are enhancing their quality of life. Essentially, a SAFE gives the court additional insight and information into the situation surrounding the adult client.  A SAFE searches for information, reviews records, and talks to neighbors and family, in an effort to paint a clear picture for the Judge.

How do you become a SAFE Volunteer?

A SAFE must be over the age of 21, and have the willingness and ability to volunteer their time for the elderly in our community. Advocates are expected to communicate effectively and be able to write objective reports to the court.  Advocates must complete 20 hours of initial training, pass a background check, and provide three non-family references. All advocates are screened through an interview process to ensure objectivity, competence and commitment. After completing all training and background check requirements, volunteers are sworn in as a SAFE. Ongoing case management with a supervisor and continuing education is required each year.

Apply to Volunteer

Local Resources

Elder Protective Services – 888-729-0571
Douglas County Public Guardian – 775-782-6216
Douglas County Senior Services – 775-782-5500

Contact Information

Special Advocate For the Elderly

Leanne Wagoner
Manager of Court Advocacy Programs

SAFE of Douglas County
1038 Buckeye Rd.
P.O. Box 218
Minden, NV 89423
(775) 782-6247  – fax: (775) 782-6256