Serving the 9 Counties of Bureau, Carroll, LaSalle, Lee, Marshall, Ogle, Putnam, Stark, and Whiteside Illinois


Community Action Agency

Building Opportunities to Transform Communities


foster grandparent sites

As school based mentors, friend and role models, Foster Grandparents work one-on-one with children or in small groups in classroom settings assisting with academics, social skills or other special needs. They display an abundance of personal warmth, emotional maturity and social responsiveness. Foster Grandparents help children learn to succeed and be happy. They enhance a child's life.

Foster Grandparents work 5 to 40 hours a week in day care centers, preschools, Head Start programs and public or private schools. They also help young people living in exceptional care facilities with developmental needs. Participants receive a tax-free stipend of $3.00 per hour which does not count against rental assistance, SNAP, medical assistance or other assistance.

In 2019, Foster Grandparents devoted 77,723 hours to the program in Bureau, Carroll, LaSalle, Lee, Marshall, Ogle, Putnam, Stark and Whiteside counties.

Requirements to be a Foster Grandparent:
  • Must be 55 years of age or older
  • Retired
  • In reasonably good health
  • Meet Federal Income Guidelines


  • Tax Free Stipend
  • Transportation Provided
  • Meal Provision
  • Free Physical Examination
  • Paid Holiday, Vacation and Sick Days
  • Training
  • In-service

Your donation helps improve the lives of people.

From our heart to yours, THANK YOU!

Amboy - Central Grade School
Byron - Mary Morgan Elementary
Dixon - Bright Beginnings Day Care
Dixon - Jefferson Elementary School
Dixon - Lincoln Elementary School
Dixon - Lovett Child Care (YMCA)
Dixon - Open Sesame Child Learning Center
Dixon - St. Mary's Grade School
Dixon - Washington Elementary School
Dixon, Ottawa, Sterling, Streator - Head Start
Dixon - Madison/Reagan Elementary SchoolTampico - Prophetstown/Lyndon/Tampico Elementary
LaSalle - Northwest Elementary School
Milledgeville - Chadwick/Milledgeville School
Princeton - Jefferson Elementary School
Princeton - Lincoln Elementary School
Rock Falls - Coloma Township Park District
Rock Falls - Dillon Elementary School
Rock Falls - East Coloma Grade School
Rock Falls - Merrill Elementary School
Rock Falls - Riverdale Preschool
Ottawa - Starved Rock Regional CenterSavanna - West Carroll
Polo - Centennial Elementary
Marseilles - Marseilles ElementarySterling - Exceptional Care
Sterling - Franklin Grade School
Sterling - Jefferson Grade School
Sterling - Lincoln Elementary School
Sterling - Washington Elementary School
Lostant - Lostant ElementarySpring Valley - JFK ElementarySterling - YMCA

foster grandparent program