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Elder Justice Coalition - Sonoma County Human Services

Financial Abuse Specialist Team (FAST)

Our Mission

The mission of the Sonoma County Financial Abuse Specialist Team (FAST) is to identify, investigate, prevent and remedy financial abuse of elders and dependent adults in Sonoma County.

Who We Are

The FAST is a collaboration of Adult Protective Services, Ombudsman, law enforcement agencies, and the District Attorney. Investigators from these agencies work closely with FAST volunteers to resolve financial abuse investigations in the elder and dependent adult population.

How We Do It

Our mission is achieved through multiple approaches including:

  • Providing specialist advice and assistance to investigators (primary responsibility)
  • Developing interventions designed to reduce instances of financial harm
  • Creating sustainable preventative programs
  • Working with the Sonoma County Elder Justice Coalition and other groups to provide training on elder abuse to the public and key professionals
  • Working with legislative groups to create and strengthen the laws available to protect the vulnerable adult population
Become a FAST Volunteer!

Skills and Experience Needed

We are actively looking for qualified volunteers with skills and experience in the financial field.

Volunteers with the following background and experience are desired:

  • Accounting (CPA)
  • Estate/financial planners
  • Private fiduciaries
  • Real estate brokers
  • Forensic accountants
  • Bankers
  • Insurance experts
  • Attorneys with expertise in financial areas

 

Volunteer Requirements

Volunteers must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Have an interest in assisting the senior population of Sonoma County.
  • Be able to attend FAST meetings every month where cases of elder financial abuse will be reviewed and discussed.
  • Submit to background check and fingerprinting.
  • Provide an average of 5 hours per month of their time.
  • Make a minimum 1 year commitment to the FAST.

What Volunteers Do

FAST Volunteers prevent and remedy elder financial abuse through the following process:

  • Volunteers are matched with cases that will benefit from their particular expertise
  • Once matched with a case, volunteers are assigned work that may consist of ad-hoc consultation with an investigator, review of documents, and compiling information into a summary for the investigator.
  • Volunteers are given access to, or can request, documentation to assist their investigation.
  • Volunteers can collaborate by consulting with other team members, and with the referring agency, while investigating cases.
  • Volunteers may participate in developing and conducting training programs relating to recognizing, investigating, stopping and preventing elder financial abuse.

 

How to Get Started

To receive more information about the process for becoming a volunteer, please contact:

  • Tara Underly - FAST Team Coordinator
  • 707-565-3921
  • tunderly@schsd.org