Sunday, January 15, 2006

Foster Grandparent Program (FGP)

Over two decades old, the Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) is staffed by individuals 60 years of age and older who meet federal and state low-income standards. The program is offered under the auspices of the federal service agency, ACTION. Foster Grandparents receive 40 hours of pre-service orientation and training. They are supervised by child-care teams in their assigned agencies and give four hours of in-service training monthly. Volunteers receive a tax-free stipend, a transportation allowance, hot meals on service days, accident and liability insurance, and an annual physical examination. Service is usually four hours a day, five days a week. Volunteers act in the capacity of grandparent figures and work in cooperation with schools, hospitals, juvenile detention centers, Head Start, shelter for neglected children, state schools for the mentally retarded, and drug rehabilitation centers.
See also ACTION.
For more information write:
Foster Grandparent Program
c/o ACTION
806 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.,
Washington, DC 20525
(202) 678-4215

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