Senior Citizens Affairs
Foster Grandparent Program
The Foster Grandparent Program provides opportunities for seniors 55 years or older, to work on a one-on-one basis with children with special needs, providing each child with love and attention. Foster Grandparents are assigned to various child care agencies, institutions and schools and work a minimum of 4 hours and a maximum of 8 hours per day. Transportation to and from the sites as well as a small stipend of $2.65/hr is provided. Additionally, a stipend of $1.95 is provided for those who will use their own transportation and coupons are provided to those volunteers who will be using public transportation.
To be eligible for volunteer service as a Foster Grandparent, a person must meet the federal income guidelines for this program. (These income guidelines are usually updated annually.)
All persons serving as Foster Grandparents must undergo a yearly physical examination to determine if they are physically able to carry out the duties required by the position. There is no minimum educational training requirement, but a person applying must have an interest in working with children who have special needs or a handicap, and must be patient, understanding and willing to accept supervision.
Forms (Requires ADOBE Reader)