The Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) authorized by Congress in 1965 as a way to enable low-income older adults to receive benefits while serving children with special needs. Approximately 31,000 Foster Grandparents meet the needs of more than 260,000 young people each year. In Northeast Georgia, an average of 35 Foster Grandparent volunteers spend 15 hours or more each week with children who are in need of some really special love. Volunteers are placed in schools, Head Start programs, and day care centers where they mentor, tutor, and provide one-on-one support to at-risk children. ACCA has sponsored Foster Grandparents in Northeast Georgia since 1997.
To qualify for the Northeast Georgia Foster Grandparent Program, individuals must be:
- 55 years of age or older
- A resident of Barrow, Clarke, Elbert, Greene, Jackson, Madison, Morgan, Newton, Oconee, Oglethorpe, or Walton County
- Medically qualified (based on a physical examination) to serve without detriment to themselves or others,
- Able to pass criminal and sexual offender background checks,
- Be willing and able to follow instructions and accept supervision, and
- Have a total household income from all sources not greater that 200% of the poverty level.
Benefits of the Foster Grandparent Program include:
- Tax-free stipend of $2.65/hour
- Monthly training
- Annual physical
- Transportation and meal allowance
- Paid sick leave, vacation time, and holidays
- Annual recognition event and ongoing recognition
- Individual volunteer placement and support by Senior Corps staff
- Free supplemental insurance while volunteering, including excess auto liability, accident insurance, and personal liability insurance.
What our community is saying about Foster Grandparents…
- “Getting involved with this program and being around these caring people has helped me get back into life.” – Foster Grandparent Volunteer
- “[The Foster Grandparent] helped mentor [the client], who was a young mother with two children who was also working. [The volunteer] encouraged her to stay in school and was very loving with the children. [The client] graduated from high school in December, and was the first person in her family to graduate.” – Foster Grandparent Volunteer Station, on a volunteer working with teen mothers
- “I enjoy the program very much. It has been a blessing to me and I think it has been a blessing to the children I work with. I have always wanted to do volunteer work, I just could not afford it. I now have an opportunity to do what I have always wanted to do. I hope and pray that this program will last forever.” – Foster Grandparent Volunteer
- “Based on pre-test/post-test data, [the student] has made significant gains in English/Language Arts. The student’s skills grew exponentially after working with [the Foster Grandparent]. Having no one at home able to work with this child on ELA skills, the hard-work provided by [the Foster Grandparent] has been a huge factor in this student’s academic achievement.“ – Foster Grandparent Volunteer Station