Foster Grandparent Program

Objective of the Program

The Cleveland County Foster Grandparent Program provides the opportunity for volunteers age 55+ to make a lasting contribution to their community by mentoring children in nonprofit volunteer sites (schools, after school programs, head starts, early education programs and day cares). The Foster Grandparent Program strives to provide opportunities for older adults to connect with children and youth in their community, providing individualized and supportive service, helping the children grow physically, emotionally, socially, and mentally. Foster Grandparents can volunteer between 15 to 40 hours a week depending on the number of active volunteers.

Who Is Eligible


Foster Grandparents have to be age 55+ and capable of serving children with exceptional or special needs. The program is geared towards lower income individuals that meet the income eligibility guidelines set by the Corporation for National & Community Service. (Contact Foster Grandparent Staff for more information) Individuals who receive more than the eligible income level can volunteer but will not receive a stipend. Volunteers are required to pass a physical, TB test and a criminal background check.

Benefits of the Program

There are many benefits associated with being a Foster Grandparent. Volunteering makes you feel useful and needed and allows you to gain a sense of accomplishment.

  • More benefits include:
  • Tax-free stipend @ $2.65 per hour
  • Transportation assistance @ 30 cent per mile to and from site
  • Paid daily lunch Paid holidays and sick leave
  • Education and training
  • Accident and liability insurance while on assignment
  • Annual physical examination
  • Meet new people and make new friends
  • The love of very special children