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Research: Foster Granpdparents Program Overview


The Foster Grandparent Program offers seniors age 60 and older opportunities to serve as mentors, tutors, and loving caregivers for children and youth with special needs. They serve in community organizations such as schools, hospitals, Head Start, and youth centers.

Foster Grandparents offer emotional support to children who have been abused and neglected, mentor troubled teenagers and young mothers, and care for premature infants and children with physical disabilities. Their personal attention helps these young people grow, gain confidence, and become full and productive members of society. In the process, Foster Grandparents strengthen communities by providing youth services that community budgets cannot afford and by building bridges across generations.

Foster Grandparents meet income eligibility requirements, serve 20 hours per week and receive small stipends. 

NATIONAL OVERVIEW 2001
FOSTER GRANDPARENT PROGRAM
1.   FEDERAL PROJECT GRANTS ALLOCATION 1/ $95.1 MILLION
     NON-FEDERAL SUPPORT 1/ .......... OVER $40 MILLION
2.   NUMBER OF PROJECTS 1/......................... 339
3.   NUMBER OF BUDGETED VSYS 1/
     FEDERALLY FUNDED .......................... 23,300
     NON-FEDERALLY FUNDED ......................  2,800
     TOTAL ..................................... 26,100
4.   FOSTER GRANDPARENTS WHO SERVE ANNUALLY 2/.. 30,200
5.   NUMBER OF CHILDREN SERVED ANNUALLY 1/ OVER 275,000
6.   TOTAL HOURS SERVED ANNUALLY 1/ .. OVER 27.3 MILLION
7.   VOLUNTEER CHARACTERISTICS 2/*
GENDER:    
FEMALE...........................   91%
MALE.............................    9%
HISPANIC ETHNICITY ....................   10%
RACIAL GROUP:
WHITE............................   55%
BLACK/AFRICAN AMERICAN...........   39%
ASIAN............................    2%
AMERICAN INDIAN/ALASKA NATIVE....    3%
HAWAIIAN/PACIFIC ISLANDER........    1% 
AGE:
60-64............................   14%
65-74............................   49%
75-84............................   32%
85+..............................    5%
8. AGES OF CHILDREN SERVED 2/
0-5..............................   39%
6-12.............................   46%
13-20............................   14%
21+..............................    1%
* Consistent with Census 2000, ethnicity is counted separately from race in federal data collections. Therefore, volunteers of Hispanic ethnicity are counted in the appropriate racial group.
9. FOSTER GRANDPARENTS SERVING BY SPECIAL NEEDS AREA (ROUNDED) 2/
				 VOLUNTEERS** CHILDREN
A. ABUSED/NEGLECTED CHILDREN ....... 3,300   20,500
B. BOARDER BABIES ..................   200    1,200
C. CHILDREN WITH AIDS ..............   200    2,400
D. DEVELOPMENTALLY DELAYED/DISABLED  7,000   29,200
E. EMOTIONALLY IMPAIRED/AUTISTIC ... 3,500   19,400
F. HEARING IMPAIRED ................   600    2,000
G. HOMELESS ........................   500    6,800
H. JUVENILE DELINQUENTS ............   900   13,800
I. LANGUAGE BARRIER ................ 2,400   13,200
J. LEARNING DISABILITIES ...........10,900   71,500
K. PHYSICALLY DISABLED ............. 1,900    6,600
L. RUNAWAY YOUTH ...................   200    1,600
M. SIGNIFICANTLY MEDICALLY IMPAIRED  1,100   34,900
N. SUBSTANCE ABUSE .................   900    6,200
O. TEEN PREGNANCY/PARENTS ..........   600    3,500
P. TERMINALLY ILL ..................   200    2,600
Q. BLIND/VISUALLY IMPAIRED .........   500    1,500
R. OTHER ........................... 3,800   40,600 
** Foster Grandparents serve multiple children who may have different needs.
10. TYPES OF VOLUNTEER STATIONS 2/ 
A. HEALTH AND NUTRITION ..................  9%
B. EDUCATION ............................. 70%
C. HUMAN NEEDS SERVICES .................. 19%
D. PUBLIC SAFETY .........................  2%
G. ALL OTHERS ............................  1%
11. STATIONS ACTIVE 6/30/01 2/.................. 11,200
DATA SOURCES:
1. FY01 Actual Grant Award Figures (February 2002)
2. Data Collection Submitted by Project Sponsors (2001)

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