FGP Mission and Beliefs

Mission Statement

The mission of the Foster Grandparent Program is to improve the overall quality of life for the older adult volunteer and to help provide enrichment opportunities for students with special needs.

Belief Statements

  • WE BELIEVE in the dignity and worth of each Foster Grandparent and the children with special needs whom they serve.
  • As a part of a caring community, WE BELIEVE it is a privilege to serve as a Foster Grandparent.  Foster Grandparents can help build better citizens and can do their part in attempting to reverse current negative social trends.
  • Because there are children with special needs, WE BELIEVE they need individual caring relationships with adults.  WE BELIEVE Foster Grandparents can fill a specific place in children's hearts since children can relate differently to Foster Grandparents than they do to parents and staff.
  • WE BELIEVE Foster Grandparents are important to the teachers and staff with whom they work because they offer a wealth of knowledge and experience.  In return, the educational staff is respectful and supportive of Foster Grandparents.
  • WE BELIEVE the Foster Grandparent Program provides an opportunity for life-long learning.  The program provides training, which enhances the skills of the Foster Grandparents to better understand children's needs and to impact their lives personally and academically.
  • WE BELIEVE the Foster Grandparent Program adds quality to the lives of the Foster Grandparents by providing physicals, stipends, opportunities for social interaction, and companionship.
  • WE BELIEVE Foster Grandparents receive as many benefits as the children with whom they work.  By being involved, the Foster Grandparent becomes a healthier, happier person who is motivated, who has a sense of pride which comes from being wanted and useful, and who stays mentally and physically active.
  • WE BELIEVE Foster Grandparents are part of the solution to society's problems.  By offering a positive view of aging, Foster Grandparents can be effective role models for future citizens.