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Foster Grandparent Program Funding Correspondence



Foster Grandparent Program Funding Correspondence


Letter to Mrs. Ronald Reagan from Benjamin Rosenthal's office about defunding Foster Grandparent Program in New York State.


Rosenthal, Benjamin

Foster Grandparent Program (U.S.)
Reagan, Nancy, 1923-


Rosenthal, Benjamin


Benjamin Rosenthal Collection.Box22.Folder1


Queens College Department of Special Collections and Archives (New York, N.Y.)




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Washington (D.C.)


Mrs. Ronald Reagan
The White House
Washington, D.C. 20500
Dear Mrs. Reagan:
We are writing to inform you of an abrupt and costly change to the Foster Grandparent Program in New York State, where the fate of the grandparents has been hastily disregarded.
The basic profile of the Foster Grandparent Program in New York State consists of a series of 11 community -based projects funded by ACTION to local public and/or private non-profit agencies or organizations. Overlapping this network, is the relatively large statewide project in which Foster Grandparents serve in State Developmental Centers. This project is funded to the New York Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (OMRDD), who then administers the money to individual sponsors.
In the interest of making the program more cost-effective, ACTION has decided to de-fund OMRDD thereby destroying the entire continuity and organization of the program. Needless to say, the grandparents will suffer greatly by a change in the sponsorship of this program that has been run very efficiently by OMRDD for the past ten years.
Since the network of state-run ā€¢Developmental Centers has already been established, many services provided by the centers are automatically extended to the grandparents. With the defunding of this program, these services will be lost.
ACTION has proposed to designate other sponsors to take over the existing program. In many rural communities in New York, there are no centrally located offices for the administration of a program of this kind. The Developmental Centers provide, not only a work place for the administration of the project, but also a forum for volunteers who have so much to give to the disabled.
Since you have become a "national spokesperson" for the Foster Grandparent Program, we wanted to make you aware of this gross injustice being done to the volunteers in New York.
At this point, OMRDD is appealing ACTION's decision to defund their program. The 570 grandparents under OMRDD's jurisdiction do not know the fate of their program. Each day, they volunteer at the Developmental Centers giving comfort and love to the disabled, without the knowledge whether their program, as they know it, will exist after February, 1983.
ACTION's research of this program has been accurate but not complete enough to thoroughly illustrate the advantages of having this aspect of the Foster Grandparent Program remain under the administration of OMRDD. The members of the New York Congressional delegation, listed below, are grateful for any help you can give us in resolving this matter. We know how aware you are of the benefits of this program, and the tragedy that will be felt if the program is lost.
Hamilton Fish Jr.
[Norman F. Hs]
Benjamin S. Rosenthal
Richard Ottinger

Original Format

8.5 x 11 inches (216 x 279 mm)


Rosenthal, Benjamin, “Foster Grandparent Program Funding Correspondence,” Queens College Archives and Special Collections, accessed March 2, 2021,