The Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) is a great way for older adults to give back to their community. Foster grandparents help kids with special needs. They serve as mentors, tutors, and caregivers.
We have almost 500 foster grandparents in Wisconsin. We’re always looking for others. Learn more and see if this program is right for you.
What foster grandparents do
Foster grandparents give five to 40 hours each week of volunteer service. They work through community groups, such as:
- Child care centers.
- Head Start programs.
- Residential programs.
Foster grandparents help improve the lives of children. They also benefit from having a strong purpose in their community. Many volunteers report finding friends, learning, and feeling satisfied.
What foster grandparents get
Foster grandparents get:
- A small, tax-free stipend.
- Repayment for any of these expenses they have while on duty:
- Accident and liability insurance
- Careful orientation training to help serve kids with special needs
- Physical exam each year
- Refresher training at in-service group meetings each month
Who can be a foster grandparent
Foster grandparents must:
- Be at least 55 years old.
- Meet certain income standards.
Agencies in Wisconsin sponsor foster grandparent projects. Find the one in your county. Contact them to sign up:
- Aging and Disability Resource Center of Portage County
Julie Rekowski, FGP Director
Deb Shepro, FGP Director
Counties: Fond du Lac, Green Lake, and Winnebago
- Cooperative Educational Service Agency #10
Mary Byrns, FGP Director
Counties: Chippewa, Clark, Eau Clair, Monroe, Rush, Taylor, and Trempealeau
- Lincoln Hills/Copper Lake Schools Department of Corrections Juvenile Correctional Facilities
James Larkin, FGP Director
715-536-8366, ext. 1290
- Encompass: Leaders in Early Education Care
Jessica Blaz, FGP Director
Areas: Cities of Green Bay, De Pere, and Pulaski in Brown County
- FGP of Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin
Kate Paine, Director of Social Services
- Kenosha Area Family & Aging Services Inc.
Jeromy Moore, FGP Director
Counties: Racine and Kenosha
- Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council
Patricia Takamine, FGP Director
Serves: All Wisconsin tribe members. Includes Milwaukee urban Indian population and a tribe in Michigan—Lac Vieux Desert.
- Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Dane County
Margie Zutter, FGP Executive Director
Areas: City of Madison and Dane County
- Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Rock County
Laura Anastasi, Intergenerational and Foster Grandparent Program Director
- Social Development Commission
Diane Robinson, Program Manager
- Southwestern Community Action Programs
Cindy Deckert, FGP Director
608-935-2326, ext. 209
Counties: Crawford, Grant, Green, Iowa, Lafayette, Richland, Sauk, and Vernon
- Workforce Connections
Teresa Pierce, Executive Director
Areas: City of and Great La Crosse Area and La Crosse, Pepin, Buffalo, Jackson, and Juneau Counties
Questions? Contact Laura Langer by email or at 608-422-1127