The Foster Grandparent Program of the Concho Valley was brought to the Concho Valley in 1997. It is federally funded by the Corporation for National Community Service (CNCS), and is sponsored locally by the Concho Valley Council of Governments (CVCOG). Foster Grandparents serve 15 - 40 hours per week mentoring, tutoring, and being a positive role model to disadvantaged youth, children with special needs or special circumstances, children of Veterans, and children of deployed Active duty military in elementary schools, Head Start Programs, daycare centers, and after-school programs.
The Mission of the Foster Grandparent Program of the Concho Valley is to mentor and tutor needy children of the Concho Valley.
Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Programs of the Concho Valley would like to invite you to call Clementine Urista – 944-9666, ext. 225 to find out more about the programs.
Clementine will start a Foster Grandparent Pre – Service Training. This training will prepare you for the new 2016-2017 school year:
July 6-7, 13-14, and July 21, 2016.
The Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) was established in August 1965 to provide older adults with a useful way to serve their communities in the retirement years, and to give them the satisfaction that comes from being needed and serving others. The program also provides a source of individual attention and personalized care to children with special needs, to help these children grow physically, socially, emotionally, and mentally.
One of three programs that make up the "Senior Corps," the Foster Grandparent Program is administered and funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). This federal volunteer agency organizes its' programs into three streams of service: National Senior Service Corps, Learn and Serve America, and Americorps.
In January 2002, President Bush called for the creation of the "Freedom Corps" to enlist Americans in public service at home and abroad. Initially, three service efforts will make up the Freedom Corps. The newly created Citizen Corps, Americorps and Senior Corps (joint partnerships within the CNCS), and the Peace Corps.
AFGP volunteer Station can be a public agency, private non-profit organization, or proprietary health-care agency or organization that accepts the responsibility for assignment and supervision of Foster Grandparents in health, education, welfare, or related settings
The types of agencies or organizations serving children which may be a volunteer Station, includes but are not limited to: Public/Private Elementary, Middle or High Schools, Head Start Centers, Teen Pregnancy Programs, Shelters, Rehabilitation Centers, Non-Profit Day Care Centers, and Before/After School Programs.
Foster Grandparents must be 55 years of age or older and have an interest in working with children. An individual must meet income eligibility guidelines in order to receive FGP benefits. Up to 50% of out of pocket medical expenses may be deducted from total income to determine eligibility.
Annual Income for Family Units of:
For family units with more than four members, add $8,320 for each additional member.
This does not apply to current, Active Foster Grandparents.
Counties served by the FGP of the Concho Valley include: Coke, Concho, Crockett, Irion, Kimble, Mason, Menard, McCulloch, Reagan, Runnels, Schleicher, Sterling, Sutton and Tom Green.
Communities served by the FGP of the Concho Valley include: Eden, Bronte, Robert Lee, Mertzon, Mason, Menard, Brady, Big Lake, Eldorado, Sonora, and San Angelo.
Q. Will the stipend affect my status for low-income housing/SSI/Social Security?
A. No. FGP is a federally funded program designed to help seniors who are assisting their community by nurturing special needs children.
Q. Where will I be placed?
A. Stations are chosen by the following criteria.
Q. What are the hours of service?
A. Service hours are defined by Station need; school hours.
Q. Am I too old to participate in the program?
A. No. The only age requirement is that you must be at least 55 years old.
* Eligibility to be a Foster Grandparent shall not be restricted on the basis of education, experience, race, religion, color, national origin, sex, handicap, sexual orientation, or political affiliation.
A Foster Grandparent Story
Concho Valley Council of Governments
Attn: Foster Grandparent Program
2801 W. Loop 306, Suite A
San Angelo, Texas 76904