Box 3, Folder 16, Document 7

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Box 3, Folder 16, Document 7

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ATLANTA FOSTER GRANDPARENT PROJECT
QUARTERLY REPORT
July, August, September, 1969
TO:
Mr. M. Gene Handelsman, Director
Foster Grandparent Project
FROM:
Mrs. Georgie 0. Miller
Project Director
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DESCRIPTION
The Atlanta Foster Grandparent is directed locally b y
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
a t Grady Memorial Ho s p i tal with funds from a private Foundation ,
and i n Jun e fun ds wer e recieved f r om another Foundation to
fin ance fou r additional gr a ndparents at the Georgia Regional Hospital ,
mak ing a total of 41 .
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PROG RESS AND PROBLEMS
Statist i cs:
1 r esignation , due to ill health
1 replacement employ ed in September
15 app l icat ion s h a v e b een r eceiv ed , b u t
h a v e no t b een p r oce ssed . Scre en ing
and t raining o r ienta ti o n classe s are
planned f o r Octob e r.
40 days absence due t o illnes s
32 clinic visits we r e 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 Carrj_e Steele-Pitts Home .
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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 placement 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
January.
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 f our-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
ma de f ancy aprons which they sold at the Fair; the money will go
to the Club trea sur y.
The Atl anta Project was highly honored t o h ave t h e
Commi ssioner on Aging, Mr . John Martin visit us on July 10th. He
t alked with the g r andparen ts working with their c h ildren and
commended them f o r t heir c o ntr i bution. He stated that th is was
the first project he h ad seen i n act ion and that h e wa s very i mpressed with what he saw. He promised t o 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 profoundly retarded children assigned to grandparents, and told of the _
dramatic progress made by many of them since the grandparents starte d
there in April. He said that the hopsital is very anxious to get
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more grandparents, and that funds have been requested from the
Georgia State Director of Mental Health.
Letters requesting foster grandparents have been received 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 particularly needed since we are affiliated with the Retardation program at Georgia Regional Hospital. These requests will be considered for 1970 and referred to the Advisory Committee.
�FOSTER GRANDPARENTS - JULY, AUGUST, SEPTEMBER, 1969
STATISTICAL REPORT
Foster Grandparents (Program Account Number 14)
A.
PARTICIPANT CHARACTERISTICS
1.
Age Range
0 -
5
6 -
15
21
44
64
65
16 22 45 Over
42
10
32
2. Family Income
Above Poverty Line
Below Poverty Line
$1 - 499
6
$500 - 1,499
36
$1 , 500 or more 0
3 . Sex
Male
Female
2
40
4 . Ethnic Grouping
Caucasian
Spa nish Speak ing
Neg r o
Ame ri can I n di an
Ori ental
Othe r
21
21
0
0
0
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Families Re c ei ving Welfar e
6.
Heads of Household
7.
Referrals to CAA's Neighborhood Se rvice Centr.
5
6
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Statistical Report Continued
B.
PARTICIPANTS
Planned Participants (for reporting period)
38
Actual Participants (for reporting period)
42
Enrolled at end period
Drop Outs during period
41
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Participants Completing Project-FGP Employed
C.
41
RESULTS FOR PARTICIPANTS
Number obtaining jobs directly from Program
Planned
Actual
0
0
Number obtaining jobs through other placement service
Planned
Actual
0
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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