Caddo Council on Aging, Inc. Foster Grandparent Programhttp://www.caddocoa.org
Caddo Council on Aging (CCOA) is a private, non-profit organization charted by the State of Louisiana in 1972. The purpose and mission of this agency is to act as an advocate and to provide services to persons 55 years and over, to help maintain their independence and quality of life in a home environment and to serve as a focus point on issues affecting the health and welfare of aging population in Caddo parish. CCOA sponsor agency for the Foster Grandparent Program since 1980 and have had a successfully track record. Caddo Council on Aging Foster Grandparent Volunteer Program provides senior, age 55 and older, an opportunity to serve as mentors, tutors, and caregivers for impoverished children and youth with special needs in Caddo and Bossier Parishes. Caddo Council on Aging, Inc. Foster Grandparent Volunteer Program is a part of Senior Corps that is administered by the Corporation for National Community Service, the federal agency that improves lives, strengthens communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering. This grant is called “A Fixed Amount Grant.” . The Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) provides grant to qualified agencies and organizations for the dual purpose of; engaging persons 55 and older, particularly those with limited incomes, in volunteer service to meet critical community needs; and to provide a high quality experience that will enrich the lives of the volunteers. Program funds are used to support Foster Grandparents in providing supportive, person-to-person service to children having exceptional or special needs. The goals of the Foster Grandparent Program are; (1.) enable low-income person aged 55 and over to remain physically and mentally active and to enhance their self-esteem through continued participation in needed community services, (2.) enable children with either exceptional or special needs to achieve improved physical, mental, emotional, and social development thereby helping them to reach social, behavioral, developmental, and educational goals (3.) provide a stipend and other benefits which enable eligible persons to participate as Foster Grandparent volunteers without costs to themselves.