Do Foster Grandparents Keep Children All Year Round?





Foster Grandparents Aren’t Part of the “Foster System”

Foster Grandparents are part of SeniorCorps, a national service volunteer force that is not part of the local ‘foster care system’. “Foster parents” house foster children because parents are deemed unfit or have passed away. Foster Grandparents, on the other hand, are a vital part of the volunteers who serve schools, daycare and similar facilities.

What Do Foster Grandparents Do?

Foster Grandparents volunteer regularly in a childcare setting. In their volunteer roles, Foster Grandparents are tutors, childcare assistants or mentors. Their job is to make the programs better, to encourage the children, and to lend their experience to the organization in which they serve.
Foster Grandparents do not keep children overnight, house them in any way or keep children year round. This is, as stated, the job of the foster care system.

Foster Grandparents Can Get Paid

Foster Grandparents can receive a tax-free stipend, if they are eligible, for the volunteer work they do on behalf of children. To become a Foster Grandparent, locate a local agency that trains and assigns senior volunteers. It should be affiliated with SeniorCorps and the federal Foster Grandparent program.

Service Benefits Seniors Too

Most Foster Grandparents find that their service has benefited them not only the children. They report that they are healthier and happier than they were without their volunteer job. No doubt it is the close and happy contact with children that makes them feel this way.

Flexible Placement In Foster Grandparents Program

The Foster Grandparents program is voluntary. Each person fills out an application and may make requests about their placement. You can choose the way to serve.



5 Responses to “Do Foster Grandparents Keep Children All Year Round?”

  1. Betty Richardson says:

    I have two grown grandchildren here in Tucson, and two grandbabies who live in another state. Right now I am involved as a Therapy dog team member. We visit children at a rehab. center. I would like to be involved with children with whom I can have more of a one on one experience with.

    Thank you,

    Betty R.

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  3. Joyce E. says:

    I am a widow of 65 year old who retired from teaching 2 yrs. ago. I want to be someone’s grandma. There must be couples in Fl. who do not have parents and want to give their child a loving grandma. I have no grandchildren and my heart is yearning for a grandchild. Anyone out there interested?

    • Marybeth says:

      I am a Registered Nurse and would like to be a grandma to a child who needs one in his/her life. My grandmother was the most loving person in this world and I aspire to be like her not only for my own grandchildren but for other parents who feel they might like to have their children in the loving care and arms of a grandmother who can leave a positive light of joy and love in their child’s life. I am still young @ 56 and have much experience in pediatrics. Where would I start in Charlotte, NC?

  4. Kathy Falls says:

    I tried to volunteer to be a foster grandparent for FREE but told I can’t because my income level is too high. I was told the mission is to give low income seniors another income stream and they had to ‘work’ 20 hours a week for $2.65 an hour. Sounds like slave labor to me.