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Foster Grandparent Program

Empowering seniors to serve as role models and mentors to local students

Making a Difference

Older Adults Help Children Succeed in the Classroom

As the old adage goes, it is better to give than to receive. But the Foster Grandparent Program volunteers get the joy of experiencing both.

For more than 40 years, the Foster Grandparent Program has served Wyandotte County. It is an AmeriCorps Seniors federally funded program sponsored by Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, which engages older adults in volunteer service with children who have special or exceptional needs.

Senior volunteers serve on-site at child care centers and schools in the Kansas City, Kansas Public School District, mentoring youth from infancy through high school. They assist with academics such as reading or math—but most of all, they make a significant impact in the lives of children by providing a little extra nurturing, guidance and support.

The most rewarding part about being a Foster Grandparent is that I get to take the place of a mentor and grandmother the kids don’t always have.”

—Marceline Henderson, Foster Grandparent Program volunteer since 1998

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Who are Foster Grandparents?

Foster Grandparents come from all walks of life. They have diverse work experiences and offer a wealth of knowledge. They are role models, mentors and friends to children of all ages. For many, they are the classroom ‘grandparents’ who are always willing to share a smile and provide one-on-one attention.

How to Become a Foster Grandparent

Please reach out using our Contact Form below, or call the Foster Grandparent Program at Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas at: 913-906-8920.

Eligibility Requirements
  • Must be 55 years or older and live in Wyandotte County
  • Serve between 15-40 hours a week, working to help children achieve success academically, socially or developmentally
  • Must have acceptable: program interview, sex-offender registry check, state and federal (FBI) fingerprinting and good performance reviews
  • Must attend local program in-service meetings, training and pre-service orientation

The Benefits of Being a Foster Grandparent

Foster Grandparents not only give but receive as many benefits from the experience as the children. They feel a sense of purpose as they witness first-hand the difference they are making in the lives of the younger generations.

Foster Grandparents also develop connections with others in the community and forge new friendships with fellow volunteers. Educational and enrichment opportunities are offered through in-services, and participants are invited to many fun social gatherings.

Based on income eligibility requirements, Foster Grandparents receive a tax-free allowance for their volunteer time.

Contact Us

If you are interested in becoming a Foster Grandparent, please let us know in the comment box below.

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The Foster Grandparent Program is housed in our Wyandotte County office: 600 Minnesota Avenue,
Kansas City, Kansas

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Sponsored by Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, the Foster Grandparent Program is associated with AmeriCorp Seniors and is one of about 350 programs across the country funded through the Corporation for National and Community Service.