Foster Grandparent Program

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Purpose

The Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) was originally authorized until Title II, Part B, of the Domestic Volunteer Service Act of 1973, as amended (Public Law 93-113). FGP was re-authorized under the National and Community Services Trust Act of 1993 (Public Law 103-82). The program's primary purpose is to provide opportunities for low-income persons aged 55 or over to provide supportive person-to-person services in health, education, welfare or related settings to help alleviate the physical, mental or emotional problems of children having special or exceptional needs.

The Alachua County Foster Grandparent Program started in July, 1973, under the sponsorship of the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners. Presently, it is a part of the Department of Community Support Services within the Division of Social Services.

FGP consists of volunteers working with children in the Alachua County Public Schools, local charter schools, Early Learning Coalition, and daycares and after school programs throughout Alachua County.

The goals of the Foster Grandparent Program are to:

  • Enable low-income persons aged 55 and over to remain physically and mentally active and to enhance their self-esteem through continued participation in needed community services.
  • Enable children with either exceptional or special needs to achieve improved physical, mental, emotional, and social development.
  • Volunteer Benefits

    • Receiving non-taxable stipend payment of $2.65 per hour for time served
    • Supplemental medical and automobile insurance
    • Transportation provided or reimbursement for mileage up to 20 miles per day
    • Daily meal or meal reimbursement
    • Free annual physical examination
    • Paid personal leave benefits
    • Volunteer Recognition
    • Opportunities to meet new people and enhanced socialization
    • Learning environment where volunteers share and gain new skills
    • Serve as a positive role model

    Eligibility Requirements

    • Persons age 55+
    • Meet income guidelines
    • Be in reasonably good health
    • Enjoy working with children
    • Residents of Alachua County
    • Complete forty hours of pre-service training
    • Pass background screenings
    • Program restrictions may apply 

    Become a Foster Grandparent

    Help special needs children in your community by providing them with the love, encouragement, support and assistance they need.

    For more information please call (352) 264-6731.

    Funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners.

    Contact

    • Candie Nixon
    • Social Services Director / FGP Acting Program Coordinator
    • 218 SE 24th Street
    • Gainesville, FL 32641
    • Phone: 352-264-6754
    • Fax: 352-264-6701

    Mission

    To match low-income volunteers aged 55 and over with children and young people who have special needs, in order to increase opportunities for them to succeed, while providing challenging and rewarding experiences for the volunteers.

    If any accommodations are needed for persons with disabilities, please contact the Equal Opportunity Office at (352) 374-5275 or (352) 374-5284 TDD.

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