Foster Grandparent Program Law and Legal Definition

Foster Grandparent Program is an intergenerational volunteer program that provides valuable aid to children and youth with special and exceptional needs. Foster Grandparent volunteers provide grandparental support to children below the age of 21 who have been victims of abuse or to children with disabilities. Volunteers serve in schools, hospitals, drug treatment centers, juvenile offender facilities, Head Start programs, childcare centers, and other community sites. The Program has dual purposes:

1 to enhance the lives of children with special needs through a loving, caring relationship

2 to provide a high-quality experience that enriches the lives of the volunteers and the children they serve

Foster grandparent volunteers must be at least 60 years old and meet the established income eligibility guidelines which do not exceed 125 percent of the poverty level ($925 per month/$11,075 annual. S/he should be willing to serve for 15 to 40 hours a week. Program volunteers receive 20 hours of pre-service orientation training before assignment and in-service training thereafter.