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FOSTER GRANDPARENT PROGRAM

The Foster Grandparent Program is a partnership between limited income adults and children who need extra attention. By spending up to 40 hours per week together, they create the intergenerational bonds that build a community based on respect and understanding. Foster Grandparent presence in schools, child care centers, shelters, hospitals, and Head Start programs give youth the one-on-one attention that many parents and teachers often do not have time to give.

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Currently there are 100 Foster Grandparents serving approximately 300 children in Lafayette, Iberia and St. Martin, and a small portion of St. Mary Parishes. The program is funded by Corporation for National & Community Service. Benefits to the program volunteers include, but are not limited to: A nontaxable stipend, pre-service and in-service training, transportation reimbursement, volunteer insurance, an annual physical exam, recognition and social events.