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Foster Grandparent

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The Foster Grandparent Program (FGP), founded nationally in 1965, is a program that provides opportunities for volunteers to work with one of the most valuable resources- today’s children and youth. 

Foster Grandparents lend their time, skills, and life experiences to assist children in reaching their potential-academically, behaviorally, and developmentally. By interacting regularly with our youth, Foster Grandparents provide the mentoring and role modeling that so many of today’s children lack in their lives. The heart of the program is the one-on-one daily attention that Foster Grandparents provide. This special care helps young people grow, gain confidence, learn, and productive members of society.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

In our program, volunteers serve as Learning Buddies to the kiddos enrolled in our Boone, Campbell, Kenton, and Pendleton County Head Start Centers. Buddies:

  • lead guided conversations at Breakfast, Lunch, and Snack time
  • participate in classroom activities
  • support kiddos who need a little extra time and attention
  • bring learning into homes via a pen pal program and virtual parenting workshops

Schedules are flexible and can be built to suit volunteer interests and needs.

REQUIREMENTS FOR PARTICIPATION

  • Local resident
  • 55 years of age or older
  • Pass state and federal background checks
  • Meet the program’s income eligibility guidelines
  • Commit to 1 school year of service

Foster Grandparents receive a tax-free stipend that does not impact benefit eligibility, free meals on service days in the centers, and free bus passes to use on service days.  

CONTACT US TO LEARN MORE

Megan Morford-Brown (Foster Grandparent Program Director) mmorfordbrown@nkcac.org