Foster Grandparents Honored - - Jackson, MS

Foster Grandparents Honored

By Maggie Wade - bio| email

For the last 45 years senior citizens have volunteered to help children in need. The Foster Grandparent Programs of Mississippi help nurture, and mentor children.

Tuesday Governor Haley Barbour sent a proclamation recognizing the volunteers and their service to children. About 400 foster grandparents from around the state attended a special celebration of their work in Madison.

 More than 200-thousand children have been matched with foster grandparents nationwide . Organizers say it saves taxpayers millions of dollars.

"We have foster grandparents in Hudspeth Regional Center, Mississippi State Hospital. We also have an after school program, several daycares, head starts, and exceptional ed classes in the public schools", said Betty Pinion, Director of Foster Grandparents of the Capital area.

"When these programs were crafted 45 years ago it was designed to give seniors something to do in their lives and everything. It was something nice. Today we know that it's something necessary", Roktabija Abdul-Azeez, Director of the Mississippi Corporation for National and Community Service said.

The program targets children with special or exceptional needs.

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