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Foster Grandparent Program (FGP)

foster grandparent's logo If you are 55, or older, and wish to share your experience and compassion with the youth in your community, you have what it takes to be a Foster Grandparent! As a Foster Grandparent, you are a role model, a mentor, and a friend. You  will receive pre-service orientation, training from the organization where you serve, and supplemental accident and liability insurance while on duty.  Foster Grandparents serve up to 40 hours per week. Some volunteers may qualify to earn a   tax-free, hourly stipend. So get involved, and join today!


  • To enable the Foster Grandparent volunteers to remain physically and mentally active and to enhance self-esteem through participation in needed community service.
  • To enable children, less than 21 years of age, with either exceptional or special needs to achieve improved educational, physical, mental, emotional, and social development.


  • Applicants must be 55 years of age or older
  • On a limited income
  • Must be physically able to serve 15 to 40 hours a week.


  • A non-taxable, hourly stipend
  • Meet new people and make new friends
  • Learn new skills
  • Paid holidays, vacation, and sick leave
  • A travel allowance
  • Monthly in-service training
  • An annual physical
  • Attend an annual recognition event and receive awards based on hours of service
  • The love of some very special children
  • Supplemental volunteer insurance

Where They Serve

  • Day Care Centers
  • Head Start Programs
  • Schools
  • Medical Facilities
  • Youth and Family Service Centers

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Foster Grandparent Program?

It is a program which recruits, trains, and involves, low-income persons, aged 55 and over, in giving supportive one-on-one attention to youth. 

What are the objectives of the Program?

The Foster Grandparent Program strives to provide opportunities for older adults to connect with the youth in their community, providing individualized and supportive service, helping the children grow physically, emotionally, socially, and mentally.

Who may become a Foster Grandparent?

Men and women with limited income, who are 55 years of age or older, in reasonably good health, who enjoy working with children and are willing to accept the responsibilities that come with supervision are great candidates for the Foster Grandparent Program.

What is the role of a Foster Grandparent?

Foster Grandparents work with children, and their families, who could benefit from their experience.  They are guided by an individualized plan directed to meet the specific needs of the child and/or their family.

How many hours a week do Foster Grandparents serve?

Foster Grandparents serve a minimum of 15 hours a week to a maximum of 40 hours a week.

Are the Foster Grandparents paid for service?

Each Foster Grandparent receives a tax-exempt stipend based on the number of hours served.

Is training provided?

After an initial 20 hour orientation and training course, Foster Grandparents receive continuous guidance from staff of the facility to which he or she is assigned.  Additionally, they receive periodic in-service trainings with Foster Grandparent staff, usually once a month.

Contact Information

Main Office-Kent County

Williams State Service Center, 2nd floor
805 River Road
Dover, DE 19901
Phone: 302-857-5040
Fax: 302-857-5041

New Castle County

Charles Debnam Building, 2nd Floor
1901 North DuPont Highway
New Castle, DE 19720
Phone: 302-255-9688
Fax: 302-255-4462

Appoquinimink State Service Center
122 Silver Lake Road
Middletown, DE 19709
Phone: 302-378-5770 x206
Fax: 302-378-5784

Sussex County

Georgetown State Service Center
546 South Bedford Street
Georgetown, DE 19947
Phone: 302-856-5262
Fax: 302-856-5255

How to Get Started

Contact the Foster Grandparent office near you.

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Last Updated: Tuesday November 23 2010
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