Foster Grandparent Program
From its inception in 1965, the Foster Grandparent Program has provided a chance for old and young alike to answer each other’s needs.
As school based mentors, friends and role models, Foster Grandparents work one-on-one with children or in small groups in classroom settings assisting with academics, social skills or other special needs. They display an abundance of personal warmth, emotional maturity and social responsiveness. Foster Grandparents help children learn to succeed and be happy. They enhance a child’s life.
Foster Grandparents work twenty to forty hours a week in day care centers, preschools, Head Start Programs and public or private schools. They also help young people living in exceptional care facilities with developmental needs.
Participants receive a tax-free stipend of approximately $225 to about $450monthly.
In 2012, Foster Grandparents devoted 72,203 hours to the program in Bureau, Carroll, LaSalle, Lee, Marshall, Ogle, Putnam, Stark and Whiteside Counties.
Currently between seventy-five and eighty Foster Grandparents are placed at sites in Amboy, Byron, Dixon, Grand Detour, Lanark, LaSalle, Milledgeville, Oregon, Princeton, Rock Falls, Savanna, Sterling, and Thomson.
There continues to be a need for more volunteers in all areas.
To be a Foster Grandparent
· Must be 55 years of age or older
· In reasonably good health
· Meet Federal Income guidelines.
· Tax Free Stipend
· Transportation Provided
· Meal Provision
· Free Physical Examination
· Paid Holidays, Vacation Days, and Sick Days
Sites (Schools, Preschools, Day Cares, Head Start)
· Amboy Central Grade School, Amboy
· Byron Mary Morgan Elementary
· Dixon Bright Beginnings Day Care
· Dixon Jefferson Elementary School
· Dixon Lincoln Elementary School
· Dixon Lovett Child Care (YMCA)
· Dixon Open Sesame Child Learning Center
· Dixon St. Mary’s Grade School
· Dixon Washington Elementary School
· Grand Detour Faith Christian School
· Lanark Eastland Primary School
· LaSalle Caring Hands Day Care
· LaSalle Northwest Elementary School
· Milledgeville Chadwick/Milledgeville Schools
· Princeton Jefferson Elementary School
· Princeton Lincoln Elementary School
· Rock Falls Coloma Township Park District
· Rock Falls Dillon Elementary School
· Rock Falls East Coloma Grade School
· Rock Falls Merrill Elementary School
· Rock Falls Riverdale Preschool
· Rock Falls St. Andrew Grade School
· Savanna West Carroll Primary School
· Sterling Christ Lutheran School
· Sterling CGH Helping Hands Day Care
· Sterling Exceptional Care Center
· Sterling Franklin Grade School
· Sterling Jefferson Grade School
· Sterling Lincoln Elementary School
· Sterling Washington Elementary School
· Thomson West Carroll Preschool
405 Emmons Avenue, P.O. Box 610, Rock Falls, IL 61071
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