Foster Grandparent Program
Butler County Foster Grandparent Program
The Butler County Department on Aging is the sponsoring agency for the Foster Grandparent Program. The Program has been with the county for eight amazing years. None of this would be possible without the wonderful Foster Grandparents who make this program the success! Here is the current FGP inservice schedule.
The Foster Grandparent Program Coordinator is Caitlin Thomas. If you are interested in becoming a Foster Grandparent, please contact her at (316) 775-0500 or 1-800-279-3655 with any questions.
About the Program
The Foster Grandparent Program is part of Senior Corps along with RSVP and Senior Companion Program. Senior Corps is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that supports service and volunteering programs to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement.
Our Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) serves a six county area. These six counties are Butler, Cowley, Elk, Harvey, Marion, and Reno. Foster Grandparents serve at various local organizations--faith-based groups, Head Start Centers, schools, and other youth facilities--to help children learn to read, provide one-on-one tutoring, and guide children at a critical time in their lives.
The Foster Grandparent Program distributes a monthly newsletter that is now available online. Read this month's newsletter.
Who are Foster Grandparents?
They are members of our community over the age of 55 who want to share their experience and compassion helping children.
What do Foster Grandparents do?
They serve up to 40 hours per week. Some volunteers may qualify to earn a tax-free, hourly stipend. In addition, with FGP, volunteers receive pre-service orientation, training from the organization you serve, and supplemental accident and liability insurance while on duty.
The Butler County Foster Grandparent Program's mission is to provide mentoring relationships between seniors and students to inspire excellence.