The Foster Grandparent Program is an intergenerational program first established in 1965. It connects volunteers age 55 and over with opportunities to provide one-on-one mentoring, nurturing and support to children with special or exceptional needs, or who are at an academic, social or financial disadvantage. Children and youth served by the program often do not have a caring and consistent adult presence in their lives; this void is filled by a Foster Grandparent. In turn, Foster Grandparents derive significant social, emotional and health benefits from their service. The program gives them a strong sense of purpose by giving back to the community and shaping the young leaders of the future.
Foster Grandparents help young children gain skills and confidence to succeed in school. They tutor children, serve as positive role models and assist those in the child welfare system.
Foster Grandparents serve between 15 and 35 hours per week. Income eligible volunteers receive a hourly stipend of $2.65 per hour. Volunteers also receive service related insurance, mileage reimbursement and other incentives.
Corporation for National and Community Service | National Senior Corps Association
Northwest Kansas Area Agency on Aging | Southwest Kansas Area Agency on Aging | Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services
FHSU Senior Companion Program
The Foster Grandparent Program is part of Senior Corps, along with RSVP and the Senior Companion Program. Senior Corps is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that improves lives, strengthens communities, and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering.