The Foster Grandparent Program is a national program sponsored by the Corporation for National  and Community Service.  Foster grandparents serve as a role model, mentor, and friend while participating in a program designed to help students learn to read, provide one-on-one tutoring, and guide children at a critical time in the lives.  CENLA Area Agency on Aging is the recipient of a three year grant which began July 1, 2012 and runs until June 30, 2015 to administer the program in Rapides and Grant Parishes.
 
Who qualifies?
All you need to join is the ability to give the kind of comfort and love that sets a child on the path toward a successful future. If you’re 55 or older and want to share your experience and compassion, you have what it takes to be a Foster Grandparent.
 
Income Eligibility?
Income level cannot exceed 200% of the poverty. In Louisiana typical income for one person is $22,980 and household with four persons $47,100 . (Note: Estimate only guidelines change yearly.)
 
Test Required?
Each volunteer must pass a background, physical (including tb) and fingerprint test.  Test cost are reimbursable.
 
All volunteers receive a tax free stipend for work  of no less than 15 hours and no more than 40 hours  per week and  are reimbursed mileage cost at preset per mile rate.