"Share Today, Shape Tomorrow"
The Foster Grandparent Program offers seniors ages 55 or older opportunities to serve as mentors, role models and friends for children and youth. Foster Grandparents help children develop skills, confidence and strength to succeed in life. They advise, teach life skills and give the consistent love and emotional support some children may not know. Foster Grandparents help children learn to read, provide one-on-one tutoring time and guide children at critical times in their lives. They may serve up to 20 hours per week in community organizations including faith-based groups, Head Start Centers, schools and other youth facilities. Foster Grandparents help strengthen the community by providing youth services that community budgets cannot afford. They give their life experiences and their talent to improve the lives of children in need.
Foster Grandparents must participate in a pre-orientation training and in monthly in-service training workshops throughout their service. They must have a sincere love for children. They must also meet the following income eligibility requirements:
Maximum amount of income for a single person: $22,340
Maximum amount of income for a two person household: $30,260
Non-profit youth oriented organizations, faith-based groups, schools, Head Start Centers and day care/pre-school centers are eligible for services of Foster Grandparent volunteers.
Foster Grandparents earn a tax-free stipend and receive an annual physical examination, transportation (if available), meals during service (if available) and the joy of knowing they are making a difference in a child's life.