Guardianship Concerns

Report Suspected Fraud, Waste, and Abuse for Cases Involving a Guardianship

If you suspect physical abuse, please contact:
Florida Department of Children and Families
1 (800) 96-ABUSE (962-2873)

TTY (teletypewriter) 1 (800) 955 - 8771
Fax: 1 (800) 914-0004
Florida Relay 711

How to Report Adult Abuse | Florida DCF (

Abuse Hotline | Florida DCF (

Suspected Fraud, Waste, or Abuse of a guardianship case may be reported to the Clerk of Courts:

By writing to:
Highlands County Clerk of Courts
Compliance and Internal Audit Division
Guardianship Concerns
590 south Commerce Avenue
Sebring, FL 33870

Information you should provide when contacting the Clerk of Court's Compliance and Internal Audit Division:

Provide as much of the information noted below is very helpful.
  1. Who was involved? (Name, addresses, phone numbers, if available)
  2. What happened? (Summary of events, additional sources of evidence)
  3. When did it happen? (Date, time, frequency)
  4. Where did it happen? (Location, city, state)
  5. Why was it done? (Any known motive for committing such act)
  6. How did it happen? (What scheme was used)
Reports that are too vague or cannot be validated can result in no action taken. 

The second option is to complete the following form. Please be as specific as possible.

Person or Person involved to the extent known (Guardian, Family member, etc.)

Name of Ward

If you wish to remain anonymous, please leave the following area BLANK and click SEND to submit this form. It is not necessary to provide your name to submit your concerns. Please be advised that if you confidentially report an issue and provide any information which might identify you, the Compliance and Internal Audit Division will protect your identity as far as the Florida Chapter 119 Public Records statute allows.

Your Information

This submission will be sent directly to the Clerk of Circuit Court's Internal Audit Division to help ensure confidentiality.