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.

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