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  Foster Grandparents Program  

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The Foster Grandparents Program allows senior volunteers to link up with disadvantaged youngsters who need love, care and attention. At the heart of the program is the one-on-one daily attention that Foster Grandparents provide. This special care helps young people gain confidence, grow and become productive members of society.


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Volunteers may assist in physical or speech therapy; they may help with homework, or they may simply ďbe thereĒ as a grandparent. The program...

  • helps abused and neglected children
  • mentors troubled teenagers and young mothers
  • provides care for pre-mature infants and children with disabilities
  • provides different generations opportunities to grow together
  • improves the lives of children and enriches the volunteers lives

To be a volunteer in the Foster Grandparents Program, you must...

  • be at least 60 years of age;
  • meet certain income eligibility requirements;
  • love children; and
  • be willing to volunteer twenty hours a week.

For more information on volunteering, contact the Senior HelpLine or Senior Corps.

  Foster Grandparent Sites  

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Since 1965, the Federal government and the State of Illinois have partnered to provide funding for the eleven (11) Foster Grandparent Programs in Illinois through the Corporation for National Service and the Illinois Department on Aging. Volunteers work in...

  • Schools
  • Hospitals
  • Drug treatment centers
  • Correctional institutions
  • Day care centers
  • Head Start programs

To view a list of Foster Grandparent Programs in Illinois, link to the Senior Corps Web site.


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For more information or to find out how your organization can partner with the Foster Grandparents Program, contact the Senior HelpLine or Senior Corps.

See also publications and Web sites related to this program:

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Foster Grandparents Program
Retired Senior Volunteer Program
More Volunteer Programs
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