Foster Grandparents

If you have a desire to learn new skills, meet interesting people, become part of a supportive team and solve the same old problems with new ideas, then Senior Corps is the place for you.

How Foster Grandparents Began

Begun as a pilot program in 1965, Foster Grandparents quickly demonstrated that Americans of all ages who were willing to share their time and had the desire to help others could make a lasting, positive impact on their community. That program continues today; matching volunteers with changing opportunities that best fit their interests and strengths.

If you are 55 or better, are willing to put the knowledge, skills and experience you’ve earned over your lifetime to work helping children who have exceptional needs, make the decision others just like you made and consider becoming a Foster Grandparent.

Use Your Knowledge to Help Children

Our volunteers are able to choose from thousands of local children’s organizations including public schools, local youth facilities, Head Start Centers and a large assortment of faith-based groups to help tutor and assist children in essential skills such as reading, writing and math while also offering the basic guidance of a mentor, advocate and a much needed friend.


Foster Grandparents are specifically trained by the organization they will be working with after completing a comprehensive, pre-service training with Senior Corps, a division of The Corporation for National and Community Service. Senior Corps has spent the last 40 years connecting Americans with community projects and volunteer opportunities that create a positive impact on both the community and the volunteer.

Volunteers can provide up to 40 hours of service per week and may qualify for a tax-free, hourly stipend as well as free supplemental accident and liability insurance while serving.

Related posts:

  1. Do Foster Grandparents Keep Children All Year Round?
  2. How Do Foster Grandparents Benefit?
  3. What Is The Foster Grandparent Program And What Do I Need To Do?
  4. Who Can Become A Foster Grandparent?
  5. How Do I Become A Foster Grandparent?

3 Responses to “Foster Grandparents”

  1. Theresa Sturdevant says:

    Hi. I am a foster parent to a 7 month old little girl named Helen. We live in Boynton Beach, FL. I am anticipating adopting Helen in the coming year. My family is small as I am a single parent with just one sibling who I do not see much of. I am 44 and a widow. My inlaws live in NY, so we don’t get to see them at all. My parents live 11 miles from us and we visit them, but I would love for Helen to have 2 sets of grandparents to love her. I loved my grandparents very much and the role they had in my life was so special.

    If there is a way to find a surrogate grandma and/or grandpa for Helen, that would be wonderful!


    I would love to be a forster grandparent.However I do have a two month grandson, Could I sill be
    a forster grandprant……..
    thank you

    • Bette Lou Brundage says:

      Hi, I am a retired non-smoking professional. I would love to be a surrogate grandmother to kids who either have no grandparents or whose own grandparents live far from them. I live in the Scranton, Pennsylvania area. How do I go about helping out? I currently volunteer with children and have criminal and child abuse background clearance. Does anyone have any ideas where I could get started?

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