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Foster Grandparent, Child Start El Dorado, KS

Butler County Foster Grandparent Program

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118 W Third  | El Dorado, KS 67042   |  Butler County

Mentoring
Dates: ongoing

 

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Role(s): Mentor
Requirements: Be age 55 or older, Be determined by a medical examination to be capable of serving without detriment to self or others ,Meet income requirements , Complete and pass the background screening requirements ,Have never been accused, arrested, charged or convicted of child abuse or molestation , Not be a convicted felon , Commit to 15-20 hours a week, Reside in the nine county area of Butler, Chautauqua, Cowley, Elk, Greenwood, Harvey, Marion, Reno, and Sumner Counties
Description: The Foster Grandparent Program is an inter-generational volunteer program that provides valuable aid to children with special and exceptional needs. The Program has a dual purpose to enhance the lives of children with special needs through a caring relationship and to provide a high quality experience that enriches the lives of the volunteers and the children they serve. The Program began August 28, 1965 as a national demonstration effort to show how income-eligible persons age 55 or over have the maturity and experience to establish personal relationships with children having either exceptional or special needs. The primary goals of the Foster Grandparent Enable income-eligible persons age 55 and over to remainProgram are to: physically and mentally active and to enhance their self-esteem through Enable children with exceptionalcontinued participation in community service. and/or special needs to achieve improved physical, mental, emotional and Social development thereby helping them to reach social, behavioral, developmental and educational goals. This goal is achieved through the mentoring relationship with Provide a stipend and other benefits, which enablea Foster Grandparent. eligible persons to participate as Foster Grandparents without cost to them. The Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency, is responsible for the oversight of the Foster Grandparent Programs. Nationally, there are over 350 Foster Grandparent Programs with more than 35,000 Foster Grandparent volunteers. Butler County Department on Aging. was selected to implement a Foster Grandparent Program in the 9 county area, including Butler, Chautauqua, Cowley, Elk, Greenwood, Harvey, Marion, Reno, and Sumner Counties. The goal is to recruit and train 48 income-eligible senior volunteers to serve as tutors, mentors and reading coaches to children with special and/or exceptional needs. Current funding sources include the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Butler County Board of County Commissioners. Other support comes from local partnerships, contributions, and from the sites where Foster Grandparents serve

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