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5th World Congress on Guardianship

Presentation Focused on the Clerk’s Award-Winning Guardianship Monitoring Program

Post Date:10/25/2018 1:30 PM

Clerk Sharon Bock at podium during 5th World Congress

Sharon R. Bock, Esq., the Clerk & Comptroller for Palm Beach County, at the 5th World Congress on Adult Guardianship in Seoul, South Korea. 


WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (October 25, 2018) – Sharon R. Bock, Esq., the Clerk & Comptroller for Palm Beach County, was invited to address the 5th World Congress on Adult Guardianship this month in Seoul, South Korea. Clerk Bock and Anthony Palmieri, the Clerk's Chief Guardianship Investigator for her accredited Division of Inspector General, shared information about her office's award-winning guardianship monitoring program with guardianship stakeholders from around the world.

This is the third consecutive time Clerk Bock has been asked to attend the World Congress, which provides guardianship experts an opportunity to share best practices and advancements in the field.

"The exploitation of our most vulnerable citizens is not only an issue in Florida and the United States, it is a worldwide crisis," Clerk Bock said. "I have made it my mission to protect our most vulnerable citizens from financial exploitation and abuse, and I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to share the success of my office's efforts."

During their Oct. 24 presentation, titled the Five Petals of an Innovative Guardianship Monitoring Program, Clerk Bock and Mr. Palmieri highlighted the office's new, first-of-its-kind guardianship reporting system -- Guardianship Inventory Reports & Accountings For Florida, or GIRAFF. This web-based system is the first scalable and uniform system able to compile vital statistics about guardianship cases. GIRAFF is designed to be an international model for guardianship reporting.

Building on the theme of this year's World Congress, Living Together with Persons with Cognitive Impairments, Clerk Bock and Mr. Palmieri also discussed the role of Florida's independent clerks and comptrollers in the state's guardianship monitoring efforts. Florida is unique because the state's Clerks of the Circuit Court, although part of the judicial system, are independent of the courts. This independence is a crucial component of and a necessary element to any successful monitoring and investigative guardianship program.

Approximately 500 international experts attended the biennial conference held October 23-25.

Clerk Bock's accomplishments in guardianship law have led her to become a sought-after subject matter expert. She has been recognized internationally for her tireless efforts to improve standards for people under guardianship.

The Clerk & Comptroller, Palm Beach County was the only U.S. organization recognized at the 4th World Congress on Adult Guardianship, held in Berlin, Germany in 2016.

Since 2011, Clerk Bock's office has investigated nearly 2,000 guardianship cases and identified more than $7.3 million in unsubstantiated disbursements and missing assets. Her office's Division of Inspector General was amongst the first in Florida to implement a Guardianship Fraud Program.

To learn more about Clerk Bock's guardianship monitoring program or her office's Division of Inspector General, visit

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About the Clerk & Comptroller, Palm Beach County
The Florida Constitution established the independent office of the Clerk & Comptroller as a public trustee, responsible for safeguarding public records and public funds. Clerk Sharon Bock is directly elected by and accountable to Palm Beach County residents. In addition to the roles of Clerk of the Circuit Court, County Recorder and Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners, the Clerk & Comptroller is the Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Auditor for Palm Beach County.

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