There are many benefits to becoming a Foster Grandparent!

For example:

  • Receive approximately $240 to $480 a month of tax-free income as a reimbursement for your volunteer effort that does not affect: Title XIX, SSI, Rent Status, Heat Assistance or any benefit you are receiving
  • Free yearly physical
  • One meal furnished during volunteer hours
  • Receive 20 hours of pre-service training
  • Monthly In-Service training
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid time-off for medical and vacation
  • Paid mileage (if you drive your car)
  • Transportation (public) may be available if you have no car
  • Self-satisfaction in knowing you make a difference in the life of a child
  • Being with children will keep you active and young at heart
  • Meet new people and make new friends
  • Giving a little bit of your lifetime of knowledge back to society
  • Receive many hugs and smiles each day
  • Please help: BRIGHTEN A CHILD’S DAY!


  • Age 55 years or older, male or female, living in Wapello County
  • Willing to volunteer 20 or more hours a week
  • Volunteer for 9 or 12 month time period
  • Enjoy working with children on an individual basis; in schools, pre-schools, child care centers, Head Start, etc.
  • Meet income guidelines:  single person $1861.00 or less per month / 2 persons $2,5021.67 or less per month


For more information contact:

Clay Courtney, Program Director
217 East 5th  Street
PO Box 656
Ottumwa IA 52501

Phone: 641-682-3449
Fax: 641-682-5049