Foster grandparents are placed in a school, Head Start or other educational facility. They help three to five special needs students with their daily learning tasks.
Participating foster grandparents receive a federal stipend. They volunteer between 20 and 40 hours per week for at least nine months a year.
Foster grandparents must pass a physical, Child Abuse History Clearance and Criminal History Clearance. The clearances are paid for by the Foster Grandparent Program.
Volunteers must have an annual income at 200 percent of the poverty line (for example, for a single person household, that would be $22,340 a year.)
The Foster Grandparent Program is part of the Senior Service Corps and is funded, in part, by the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Photo courtesy of the Greater Erie Community Action Committee