Foster Grandparent Program


Change a child’s life.  Change yours.

Children of Promise, Foster Grandparent Program connects caring Eastern Iowans over age 55 with children in need of positive mentoring across Johnson, Jones, and Linn Counties.  Our Foster Grandparents serve in schools, day cares, and community centers, helping kids with classroom subjects like reading and math.  The guidance of a Foster Grandparent can boost a child’s self-esteem, improve their social skills, and remind struggling youth that a brighter future is in store.

Many Foster Grandparents soar with a renewed sense of purpose, and take great pride in the accomplishments of the children they serve.  In addition to personal fulfillment, many find the tax-free reimbursement for serving to be very helpful with life’s expenses.  These dollars should not affect any existing benefits.

“This program has made a huge impact on my life.  It gives my life meaning and gives me a reason to get out of bed in the morning.  I look forward to going to the site and hearing, ‘I love you Grandma!’  It makes it all worthwhile!” -  Grandma Effie, Children of Promise Foster Grandparent

Who qualifies to join the Children of Promise Foster Grandparent team?

Anyone age 55 and above.
Individuals who enjoy working with children.
Those whose income meets program guidelines.
Those able to serve 15-40 hours per week.

ReadingWhat are some benefits of joining the team?

Hourly tax-free money to cover the cost of serving.
Transportation reimbursement.
A meal during service.
Annual physical examination.
Supplemental accident and liability coverage while serving.
Paid holidays and paid time off.
Pre-service orientation and additional monthly training.
Annual recognition banquet celebrating our valuable service.

With the help of a Children of Promise Foster Grandparent…

100% of our elementary children increased their reading participation.
93% of our preschool children increased their pre-reading skills.
92% of our preschool children increased their attention span.

View the Foster Grandparent Program flyer

Download our Foster Grandparent Program brochure

Ready to get started? Click here to download our application form! 

Call us today!
Gina Tarullo
Foster Grandparent Program Coordinator

Office Locations

Dorothy Whiston/Consulate of Religious Communities
500 North Clinton St
Iowa City, IA 52240

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Broadway Neighborhood Center
2105 Broadway Street
Iowa City, IA 52240

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PO Box 9303
Cedar Rapids, IA 52409
(319) 540-7682

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