Older adults who qualify can serve as mentors and tutors to children in schools and other social service settings as well as gaining important benefits for themselves through the Foster Grandparent Program.
The Foster Grandparent Program is a federally funded Senior Corps program and is also supported by state matching funds provided by the Wyoming Department of Health.
“Older adults who enjoy spending time with children can certainly also benefit from the program’s financial help,” said Debbie Walter, state coordinator for the Foster Grandparent Program with the Wyoming Department of Health. “Foster grandparents are assigned to settings such as local schools and their duties may include activities such as reading with the children. Of course, the time spent with the foster grandparents is also a positive thing for the children.”
Program volunteers receive a $2.65 per hour stipend and serve 15-40 hours per week. Stipends are non-taxable and do not affect Social Security or any other government income source. Other benefits for foster grandparents include training, daily meal, annual physical exam and accident/liability insurance. Those interested in participating must be at least 55 years or older and have a limited income.
For more information please call:
· 1-877-579-4722 (Converse, Goshen, Laramie, Niobrara, and Platte counties)
· 1-888-577-1374 (Big Horn, Fremont – including the Wind River Reservation, Hot Springs, Natrona, Park and Washakie counties)
· 1-800-676-1909, extension 547 (Albany, Carbon, Johnson, Lincoln, Sheridan, Sweetwater and Uinta counties)