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Foster Grandparents Program
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When you share your love, time, and experience, you have the power to help a child who needs you. If you’re 60 and want to share your experience and compassion, you have what it takes to be a Foster Grandparent.

As a Foster Grandparent, you’re a role model, a mentor, and a friend. Serving at one of thousands of local organizations—including faith-based groups, Head Start Centers, schools, and other youth facilities—you help children learn to read, provide one-on-one tutoring, and guide children at a critical time in their lives. Put simply, you give the kind of comfort and love that sets a child on the path toward a successful future.

Foster Grandparents serve up to 40 hours per week. Some volunteers may qualify to earn a tax-free, hourly stipend. With Foster Grandparents, you’ll receive pre-service orientation, training from the organization where you serve, and supplemental accident and liability insurance while on duty.

And remember: When you volunteer, you’re not just helping others—you’re helping yourself. Volunteering leads to new discoveries and new friends. Plus, studies show that volunteering helps you live longer and promotes a positive outlook on life.

So get involved, and join Foster Grandparents today!

The Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) is part of Senior Corps, a network of national service programs that provides older Americans the opportunity to put their life experiences to work for local communities.  Foster Grandparents serve as mentors, tutors, and caregivers for at-risk children and youth with special needs.  They serve a minimum of 20 hours per week in child care centers, schools, Headstart centers and centers for children with disabilities. 

Foster Grandparents help young people achieve academically, physically, emotionally and socially, thereby, helping them to attain self-confidence and personal independence so they can learn to overcome their problems and become productive members of society. 

The Foster Grandparent Program is open to people age 60 and over with limited incomes.  All applicants undergo a telephone and personal interview, as well as pre-service and in-service training. 

Volunteer Benefits
Tax-Free Stipend  -  Income eligible Foster Grandparents receive a $2.65 per hour tax-free stipend.  According to law, the stipend does not count as income when determining eligibility for benefits, including food stamps, energy assistance, subsidized housing, rent, VA pension, etc.

Accident Insurance Coverage  -  Foster Grandparents are covered during regular service hours by accident insurance, personal liability insurance and if you drive, auto liability insurance.

Annual Physical Examination  -  Prior to assignment, and annually thereafter, Foster Grandparents are required to have a physical examination.  Local physicians normally provide these examinations.

Transportation Assistance  -  Mileage reimbursement and transportation assistance is provided to and from assignments and official project activities.

Paid Vacation and Sick Leave  -  According to the number of hours served each month, Foster Grandparents earn and accrue paid leave time hours.

Meals While Serving  -  A daily meal will be provided by the volunteer station.

Training  -  Ongoing training will be provided throughout the year to enhance the skills and performance of the Foster Grandparents.

Recognition  -  Special recognition events are provided for all Foster Grandparents throughout the year.

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