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Foster Grandparents Programs

Foster Grandparents devote their volunteer service entirely to disadvantaged or disabled youth.

Making a Difference in the Life of a Child

About Our Program

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Across the country, Foster Grandparents help children in many ways:

  • CNCS Stock 5Offering emotional support to child victims of abuse and neglect
  • Tutoring children with low literacy skills
  • Mentoring troubled teenagers and young mothers
  • Caring for premature infants and children with physical disabilities and severe illnesses

Who Can be a Foster Grandparent

Foster Grandparents are individuals age 60 and over who thrive on direct interaction with children and believe they can make a difference in their lives.  Income-eligible Foster Grandparents receive a modest stipend to help offset the costs of volunteering.

To become a Foster Grandparent, volunteers must meet certain income eligibility guidelines and be able to serve between 15 and 40 hours a week.

Foster Grandparents are able to make strong emotional connections with children and get a great deal of satisfaction from making a difference in their lives. In addition, they receive the following:

  • Senior Corps FGP logoPre-service and monthly training sessions
  • Reimbursement for transportation
  • Some meals during service
  • An annual physical
  • Accident and liability insurance while on duty
  • Income-eligible Foster Grandparents also receive a modest, tax-free stipend to offset the cost of volunteering

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