Foster Grandparent Program

The Foster Grandparent Program
Older Adults and Special Children…a Winning Combination!

The Foster Grandparent Program offers men and women, 55 years of age and older, the opportunity to serve their community by sharing their time and love with children that have special needs. Foster Grandparents are caring individuals who devote 15 hours a week to helping these children lead a more independent and productive life. In improving the lives of the children they serve, Foster Grandparents greatly enrich their own lives.

No formal education is required. What’s important are life experiences and the wisdom that comes with age.

What Foster Grandparents Do:
Foster Grandparents give hugs, read, go for walks, play and have fun with their children. Foster Grandparents offer love, affection, support, friendship and guidance. The relationship between Foster Grandparent and child is mutually beneficial, giving both parties an added sense of value to their lives.

Where Foster Grandparents Volunteer:

  • Classrooms
  • Developmental Centers
  • Foster Homes
  • Head Start Centers
  • Preschools

Foster Grandparents receive the following benefits:

  • A Tax Exempt Stipend (Does not affect rent, social security or other benefits)
  • Transportation Reimbursement
  • One Meal a Day while on Duty
  • Paid Holidays
  • Earned Sick and Vacation Time
  • An Annual Physical
  • Twenty Hours of Orientation
  • Monthly In-service Training

There are 354 Foster Grandparents serving 840 children with developmental disabilities through Developmental Centers, State Hospitals, and Regional Centers in California, providing 369,600 hours of service annually.
This Program is jointly funded through a Federal grant from the Corporation for National Service and the California Department of Developmental Services.

For more information on becoming a Foster Grandparent, please call Jean Martens at (559) 738-2207.