It is well-known that grandparents can play an important role in children’s lives. By listening, caring and simply being a part of a child’s life, grandparents provide encouragement, support, stability and connectedness that can have a profound and lasting impact. They also serve as excellent role models and sounding boards. This is especially important for children who come from at-risk backgrounds or who face physical or emotional challenges.
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?
Each Foster Grandparent is assigned to one or two children. On a typical day he or she spends time with the assigned child or children developing a special relationship. Foster Grandparents provide emotional support, respite for parents, role modeling and tutoring assistance.
What benefits do Foster Grandparents receive?
Each Foster Grandparent receives:
- 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?
If you would like more information about serving in the Foster Grandparent Program, receiving the services of a Foster Grandparent or MDOT Title VI contact Gloria McCracken, Director, via email or call 810-257-3779.
Cecilia Rymar, RSST
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.
$25 would pay for recognition for one volunteer for one year
$200 would pay for one volunteer’s lunch for the year
$2,766 would fund the stipend for one volunteer for one year of service (1,044 hours)
$5,000 would cover the cost of one volunteer’s stipend, meal/travel reimbursement, recognition and supervision for one year
The Foster Grandparent Program is located at 940 South Grand Traverse Street, Flint, MI 48502.
To make your tax-deductible donation, call Robyn Johnston at 810-257-3779.