Foster Grandparents Program
The Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) is part of Senior Corps, a network of national service programs that provide older Americans the opportunity to put their life experiences to work for local communities. Foster Grandparents serve as mentors, tutors, and caregivers for at-risk children and youth with special needs through a variety of community organizations, including schools, Head Start and day-care centers.
The Foster Grandparent Program is open to people age 55 and over with limited incomes. All applicants undergo a background check and a telephone interview, as well as pre-service and in-service training. Foster Grandparents serve 15-40 hours a week
Foster Grandparents can serve 15 to 40 hours each week. For their service, Foster Grandparents receive $2.65 an hour (tax free) to help fray the cost of volunteering. In addition, Foster Grandparents receive travel reimbursement, a meal, and supplemental insurance while serving. Foster Grandparents are also recognized, throughout the year, for their service to the community.
The Foster Grandparent Program of Oneida, Herkimer, and Madison counties is sponsored locally by Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency, Inc. and is funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service, New York State Office for Aging, and other community contributors.