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The Navajo Foster Grandparent Program was authorized by Congress in 1965 is a way to enable low-income person age 55 and older to receive benefits while serving children special needs. The Navajo Foster Grandparent Program began on August 28, 1965, as a national demonstration effort. It reveals how low-income persons aged 55 or over, has the maturity and experience to establish a personal relationship with children that are either exceptional or special needs. Under the Office of Economic Opportunity’s (ONEO) enabling legislation Section 205 and 206, Title 20 (A) of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, as amended, then Foster Grandparent began as an employment program.
The Navajo Foster Grandparent Program (NFGP) is authorized under Title 11, Part B, of the Domestic Volunteer Service Act of 1973, as amended (Public Law 93-113). The purpose of the program is to provide opportunities for low-income persons aged 55 years and older to support children, individually or in small groups, in their community who have academic, physical, social, emotional and financial needs. Foster Grandparent Volunteers give these children love, patience, and guidance that are acquired through the experience of a long lifetime. The program also provides the means for older people to supplement their income.
The primary program goals of Navajo Foster Grandparent Program are as follows: enable low-income persons aged 55 years and older to remain physically, mentally active and enhance their self-esteem through continued participation in needed community services; enable children with either exceptional or special needs to achieve improved physical, mental, emotional, and social development, thereby assisting them in attaining greater independence in life.