The Foster Grandparent Program joins together two segments of the population - seniors and children. The program enhances quality of life for seniors and gives them a sense of purpose. Their presence gives parents and children an extra sense of security. The children have a consistent grandparent figure who mentors and encourages them in social play and classroom activities. Foster Grandparents are assigned to each Encompass location and volunteer a minimum of 15 hours per week. What a win-win-win situation for Encompass, the children and seniors!

Requirements to become a Foster Grandparent:
  • Be age 55 or older.
  • Must meet the limited income guidelines.
  • Enjoy working with children.
  • Agree to have a health assessment and background check.
Benefits of becoming a Foster Grandparent:
  • You would receive a small, tax-free stipend.
  • You would receive a transportation allowance.
  • You would receive annual paid leave.
  • You would receive lots of love from children.
  • You would be socially active with others.
  • You would share information monthly with other seniors.
Some of a Foster Grandparent's responsibilities might include working with children who need extra attention, rocking infants, reading to toddlers, assisting at mealtimes, accompanying children on walks and fieldtrips, if able, and being an all-around grandparent role model.

The Foster Grandparent Program is a component of Senior Corps governed by the Corporation for National Service and funded by federal and state dollars.

For more information, please call Katharine Kulkoski at (920) 469-1236 ext. 110 or email kkulkoski@encompasseec.org.