Who can be a Foster Grandparent?
Any man or woman who is 55 years of age or older, is living on a limited income, is healthy enough to work, is concerned about and enjoys being with children, is able to take directions and accept supervision is qualified to be a Foster Grandparent.
What does a Foster Grandparent do?
A Foster Grandparent spends 3 – 5 days a week at a local Head Start Program, day care center, school, or special institution and gives tender, loving, one-on-one support and companionship to children with special needs. The Foster Grandparent determines the number of hours that they volunteer. The minimum number of hours they can volunteer in a week is 15 hours and the maximum is 40 hours.
A Foster Grandparent reads stories, helps develop a child’s independence and self-confidence, teaches simple tasks and learning skills, and plays games. They receive supervision and direction from program supervisors.
What does a Foster Grandparent receive?
In addition to the feelings of personal worth and usefulness gained by helping children with special needs, a Foster Grandparent receives the following benefits:
- Tax-free hourly stipend
- Transportation assistance
- A daily meal
- Annual physical
- Paid vacation, holiday, and sick leave
- Paid trainings
- Recognition events
- Socialization and friendship