Foster Grandparent Program

The Foster Grandparent Program is a volunteer program for seniors to provide stable, caring, and loving relationships with children who have special or exceptional needs. The Foster Grandparent program is a federally-funded program established in 1965.

As a Foster Grandparent, a senior volunteer serves as a role model, a mentor and a friend. Foster grandparents volunteer at Head Start Centers, schools and other nonprofit youth facilities. They help children learn to read, provide one-on-one tutoring and guide children at a critical time in their lives. A Foster Grandparent volunteer gives the kind of comfort and love that sets a child on the path toward a successful future.

All Foster Grandparent volunteers must meet the following requirements:

  • Be 55 years of age or older
  • Meet income guidelines set by the National Senior Service Corporation
  • Be in good physical and mental health
  • Be a person of good character
  • Be literate and have average intelligence
  • Display emotional maturity, personal warmth and social responsiveness
  • Demonstrate an interest in caring for young children and adolescents

Foster Grandparents serve at least four hours per day, five days per week, either in the morning or afternoon. Foster Grandparent volunteers receive a stipend of $2.65 per hour, and are entitled to vacation and sick leave time. Reimbursement for transportation can also be provided.

As a Foster Grandparent volunteer, a senior will experience a special joy and warmth that comes from sharing his or her experiences and compassion with children. When volunteers share their love, time and experience, they have the power to help a child who needs them.

And remember: When you volunteer, you’re not just helping others – you’re helping yourself. Volunteering leads to new discoveries and new friends. Plus, studies show that volunteering helps you live longer and promotes a positive outlook on life.

If you would like to become a Foster Grandparent, click HERE to download an application.

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If you have questions or would like additional information, please call:

The Foster Grandparent Program Office at 314-918-2297.

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