The Foster Grandparent Program provides an opportunity for older adults (55 and older) living on a small income, the opportunity to give meaningful service to the community, by volunteering with special needs children. Each Foster Grandparent spends an average of 20 hours a week providing individual attention to children who are:
- Developmentally Challenged
- Chronically/Terminally Ill
- Abused and Neglected
- Learning Impaired
- Emotionally Challenged
- Physically Challenged
Foster Grandparent Program Facts and Figures
99% of FG say their life is better since they volunteer
74% depend upon the stipend they receive to meet basic needs
Average age of a volunteer in Genesee, Lapeer and Shiawassee Counties is 74
The average annual income of a foster grandparent is $9,800
68,904 hours of service were provided to special needs children in FY 2010
1,565 children received one on one attention from a foster grandparent last year
How the Foster Grandparent Program Helps Children:
97% of students demonstrate improved self esteem
84% have an improved attitude about reading
90% have an improved attitude about school
84% have improved reading ability
100% report increased social participation
Frequently Asked Questions
What do Foster Grandparents do?
What benefits do Foster Grandparents receive?
- Tax-exempt stipend of $2.65 per hour
- One meal each day of service
- Annual physical
- Smock and badge
- 40 hours pre-service orientation
- On-going monthly in-services training
- Mileage/travel reimbursement
- Regular supervision
- Liability and excess auto insurance (for those driving their vehicles)
However the most important benefit is feeling needed and valued!
How do I get involved?
Margietta Miller, AA
Foster Grandparent Program Office Manager
Foster Grandparent Supervisor
Donations to Our Agency are Always Welcome
Donations go a long way to help support this important program.
Our program takes pride in the fact that less than 20% of our budget goes to administrative costs.
To make your tax-deductible donation, call Robyn Johnston at 810-257-3779.