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Foster Grandparents program to be discontinued

Published: 8:27 PM, 10/11/2013

Source: The Newport Plain Talk

NEWPORT-The end of the 2013-2014 school year will bring an end to the Foster Grandparent Program in Newport/Cocke County because of a lack of funding.Conceived in August, 1965 on the federal level and begun locally in Greeneville in 1970, the Foster Grandparent Program served two purposes: to provide a way for limited-income senior citizens to enjoy serving others and to provide individual attention and loving care for children with special needs.The Corporation for National and Community Services is the federal funding agent, and First Tennessee Human Resource Agency in Johnson City sponsors the local Foster Grandparent Program.For more details, please see the weekend edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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