Foster Grandparent Program

Accepting Applications For The 2016-2017 School Year

Last updated Aug. 16, 2016 - 2:32 pm
Foster Grandparents enjoy working with children

If you are 55 or older and want to share your time, compassion and experience with children, then you may have what it takes to be a Foster Grandparent. As a Foster Grandparent, you serve as a role model in area elementary schools. You will help children learn to read, provide tutoring and give encouragement to children who need extra attention. While giving of your time, you will help children grow academically and socially, help them make better decisions while building self-confidence. Foster Grandparents serve a minimum of 20 hours per week and receive benefits such as an hourly stipend, transportation reimbursement, ongoing training and supplemental insurance.

The Foster Grandparent Program is part of Senior Corps, a nationwide program sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service and administered locally by the City of Raleigh Community Engagement Division.


To be a Foster Grandparent, you must:

  • Be age 55 or over.
  • Meet income guidelines as established by the federal government.
  • Care about children and want to help their individual growth and development.
  • Be physically and mentally able to serve.
  • Accept supervision as required.

Orientation and Training

Foster Grandparents receive 40 hours of orientation and pre-service training. This includes 20 hours of classroom training, provided by the staff of the Foster Grandparent program, and 20 hours in which participants shadow experienced Foster Grandparents.

During orientation, Foster Grandparents learn about the purpose, benefits and regulations of the program, volunteer sites and children to be served.


Foster Grandparents serve four hours per day, five days a week. For their services, they receive an hourly stipend. The amount is set by the Corporation for National and Community Service and is not based on the minimum wage. Payments to volunteers do not reduce eligibility for government assistance or services.

Sign Up or Learn More

If you would like more information about the Foster Grandparent Program and how you can take part, call the Community Engagement Division at 919-996-6295.

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