The Foster Grandparents Program provide senior volunteers ages 55 and older an opportunity to support, encourage, mentor, and nurture children with special and exceptional needs from ages 0 - 21, such as those who have been abused, neglected, or those with physical, mental or emotional challenges. These Foster Grandparent volunteers also serve children who are in juvenile justice system and group homes. Foster Grandparent volunteers attend 20 hours of pre-service training with pay, and are required to attend a monthly in-service training, thereafter. Currently, approximately 75 Foster Grandparents serve at 45 stations in ten counties (Allen, Barren, Butler, Edmonson, Hart, Logan, Metcalfe, Monroe, Simpson, and Warren) serving at schools, Head Start centers, child care centers, and other non-profit child-centered facilities. Our volunteers are required to serve a minimum of 15 hours to 40 hours a week. The hours are determined by the volunteers and their workstation supervisors.
The children and Foster Grandparent volunteers both benefit from the program. Children of all ages can improve with the interaction, support, attention, and wisdom provided by Foster Grandparent volunteers. The Forster Grandparent volunteers gain self-confidence and retain their sense of worth through daily activities specific to the needs of our communities’ children. Income-eligible Foster Grandparent volunteers also receive a small tax-free stipend which does not affect their current governmental benefits, such as Social Security, housing, or food stamps. Other benefits include reimbursement for transportation to and from their workstations, free meals during service, annual physical examinations, and insurance while on duty. Our volunteers also attend a yearly Volunteer Recognition Luncheon where they are shown how much they are appreciated for all that they do. They receive a certificate, gifts, live entertainment, a delicious catered meal, social interaction, and much more.
An Advisory Council, comprised of 15 - 20 community members, assist the program with finances, recognition, public relations, and other areas. Advisory members serve a three-year term and attend six council meetings a year.
To become a Foster Grandparent Volunteer, begin by completing an application today and returning it to Community Action of Southern Kentucky, Inc., “Attention FGP,” 921 Beauty Avenue, Bowling Green, KY 42101, or give us a call for more information.