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When you share your love, time, and experience, you have the power to help a child who needs you. 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, public 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.
The Foster Grandparent Program was designed to provide meaningful volunteer opportunities for low-income persons age 55 or over to offer supportive, person-to-person service to children with special or exceptional needs in health, education, welfare and related subjects.
The Foster Grandparent Program focuses primarily on the relationship between an older person and a child with special needs. It is a mutually beneficial relationship. The program also benefits the volunteer stations where the scope of the regular duties often make it impossible for the staff to give personal attention to individual children to whom this added dimension of care is particularly helpful.
Enabling them to serve without cost to themselves, Foster Grandparents receive a non-taxable stipend, transportation, meals, an annual health wellness exam, and excess automobile and personal liability insurance coverage. Foster Grandparents may volunteer 20- 40 hours per week, up to 2,088 hours per year.
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