The Foster Grandparent Program, which began in 1965, provides loving and experienced tutors and mentors to children and youth with special needs.
Working one-on-one in a public setting and serving between 15 and 40 hours a week, Foster Grandparents provide support in schools, hospitals, drug treatment centers, correction institutions, shelters, and child care centers. Among other activities, they review school work, reinforce values, teach parenting skills to young parents, and care for premature infants and children with disabilities. Foster Grandparents often maintain an ongoing, intensive relationship with the children and youth served for a year or longer.
As part of the National Service Senior Corps Program, volunteers must be 55 years of age or over. Those who meet certain income guidelines (200% of the federal poverty guideline) receive a small stipend. All FGP volunteers receive accident and liability insurance, reimbursement for transportation, and monthly training.