Box 3, Folder 16, Document 7

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Box 3, Folder 16, Document 7

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/ 7b Du Sued


July, August, September, 1969

TO: Mr. M. Gene Handelsman, Director
Foster Grandparent Project

FROM: Mrs. Georgie O. Miller
Project Director


The Atlanta Foster Grandparent is directed locally by
Senior Citizen Services of Metropolitan Atlanta, Inc., through a
contract with Economic Opportunity Atlanta, Inc.. the Grantee, and
was started in January, 1966.

Thirty six foster grandparents are employed at three
institutions: Carrie Steele-Pitts Home for neglected children (2),
Georgia Regional Hospital at Atlanta, Retardation Unit (4), and
Grady Memorial Hospital (30).

In February, 1969 one foster grandparent was employed
at Grady Memorial Hospital with funds from a private Foundation,
and in June funds were recieved from another Foundation to
finance four additional grandparents at the Georgia Regional Hospital,
making a total of 41.


Statistics: 1 resignation, due to ill health
1 replacement employed in September

15 applications have been received, but
have not been processed. Screening
and training orientation classes are
planned for October.

40 days absence due to illness

32 clinic visits were made by grandparents

At Grady Memorial Hospital 31 grandparents

were assigned to 20 teenage patients and

315 pediatric patients.

At Georgia Regional Hospital 8 grandparents

were assigned to 16 retarded children.

Six children were assigned to two grand-

parent at Carrie Steele-Pitts Home.

The large number of children is due to the rapid turn
over at Grady Hospital. Most of this year the census has been low
and many times "good" assignments (long term, chronically ill)
were not available. If this situation persists, a change in place-
ment of grandparents will be recommended.

One of the two grandparents at Carrie Steele-Pitts has
resigned due to extended illness. We are not planning to replace
her since we were advised that it is impratical to place less than
four in an institution. We plan to transfer the other one in

The major problem has been transportation for the eight
grandparents at Georgia Regional Hospital. There is one morning
bus which goes to the hospital, and no other bus until four-thirty.
The Hospital pays taxi fares back to city bus lines, however,
these buses are irregular, and there is no place for them to wait
out of the weather. The Advisory Committee and the Hospital are
trying to assist us, hoping to find a solution before winter.

On the brighter side we have enjoyed a very good
summer. Three grandparents went to California to visit their
families (who paid their fares) and our oldest grandmama, age 85
flew to New York to visit her granddaughter. Many of the others went
on shorter trips, and all of them expressed gratitude for the "paid
vacation", but said they were glad to be back on the job.

The grandparents enjoyed "Senior Citizens Day" at the
Southeastern Fair in September. The Foster Grandparent Club members
made fancy aprons which they sold at the Fair; the money will go
to the Club treasury.

The Atlanta Project was highly honored to have the
Commissioner on Aging, Mr. John Martin visit us on July 10th. He
talked with the grandparents working with their children and
commended them for their contribution. He stated that this was
the first project he had seen in action and that he was very im-
pressed with what he saw. He promised to work for an extended
program in 1970.

The Policy Advisory Committee heard a report from
Chaplain Keith, Program Director for the Retardation Cottage at
Georgia Regional Hospital. He described the 16 severely or pro-
foundly retarded children assigned to grandparents, and told of the
dramatic progress made by many of them since the grandparents started
there in April. He said that the hopsital is very anxious to get

more grandparents, and that funds have been requested from the
Georgia State Director of Mental Health.

Letters requesting foster grandparents have been re-
ceived from two local institutions, the Southern Christian Home
for children (a private home 50 - 60 children 4 - 5 years) and
the Atlanta Association for Retarded Children, which sponsors
day school programs, training schools, etc. This group has
given us much support in the past, and has volunteered a full
week orientation and training to all future classes by their
staff to supplement our orientation program. This was parti-
cularly needed since we are affiliated with the Retardation pro-
gram at Georgia Regional Hospital. These requests will be con-
sidered for 1970 and referred to the Advisory Committee. .

Foster Grandparents (Program Account Number 14)








Age Range


6 - 15


22 - 44
45 - 64 10
Over 65 32

Family Income

Above Poverty Line
Below Poverty Line
$1 - 499 6

$500 - 1,499 36

$1,500 or more 0O

Male 2
Female 40

Ethnic Grouping

Caucasian ot
Spanish Speaking __

Negro a

American Indian



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Families Receiving Welfare
Heads of Household

Referrals to CAA's Neighborhood Service Centr.

Statistical Report Continued


Planned Participants (for reporting period) 38

Actual Participants (for reporting period) 42
Enrolled at end period 41
Drop Outs during period ow 8

Participants Completing Project-FGP Employed 41


Number obtaining jobs directly from Program

Planned 0
Actual 0

Number obtaining jobs through other placement service

Planned O

Actual 4
Average Income Gain (from actual placement) $32.00 per wk.
Referred to Vocational or Prevocational Training 6

Number Not Placed/Placement Pending 1


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