The objectives of the Foster Grandparent Program are to:
- Establish a way for older adults to contribute usefully to their community
in their retirement years and to enjoy the self-respect and satisfaction that
come from being needed and serving others.
- Provide a source of individual attention and personalized care to children
with special needs in residential settings to help these children grow
physically, socially, emotionally, and mentally.
- Improve the attitudes of society, including attitudes of older persons, toward
- Demonstrate the willingness and capacity of retired persons to participate
reliably in community service roles on a part-time basis.
- Stimulate change in the field of group care for children.
The services provided by the Foster Grandparents are focused on a person-to-person relationship and on the gains that come from an individualized, continuing relationship between a concerned, mature adult and a child with special needs. The Foster Grandparent functions in a supportive role, contributing kindness, patience and understanding in a recurring and significant relationship. An atmosphere is created for the child that promotes identifiable physical, mental, emotional, and social gains.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF FOSTER GRANDPARENTS
Cooperation - Foster Grandparents are responsible for acting in harmony
with institutional objectives and regulations, and for cooperating with staff in their
schedule of programs for children.
Supervision - Foster Grandparents are responsible for accepting supervision
and for requesting assistance when appropriate and necessary.
In-service Training and Special Programs - Foster Grandparents are
required to attend in-service trainings each month (4 hours per month) and to accept
instruction throughout their participation in the Foster Grandparent Program. Foster
Grandparents are required to attend special programs and events that are scheduled
for the benefit of the grandparents.
Reporting Income - Foster Grandparents are responsible for reporting their income annually to their supervisors during their in-person annual review. (Annual Income Review Form).
Physical Examinations - Foster Grandparents are responsible for
submitting proof of physical examinations prior to assignment and annually thereafter. Examination form must be signed and stamped by the doctor/doctor’s office.
- Child Development
- Literacy / Reading
- Special Needs
- Youth Services
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Must be at least 55
- Orientation or Training
- 15-40 hours a week; schedules are flexible
- Income at or below eligibility level