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