The Foster Grandparent Program (FGP), which began in 1965, provides loving and experienced tutors and mentors to children and youth with special needs. Working one-on-one and serving between 8 and 40 hours a week, Foster Grandparents provide support in schools, hospitals, drug treatment centers, correctional institutions, and child care centers. Among other activities, they review schoolwork, reinforce values, teach parenting skills to young parents, and care for premature infants and children with disabilities. Foster Grandparents often maintain an ongoing, intensive relationship with the children and youth served for a year or longer.
Volunteers must be 55 years of age or over. Those who meet certain income guidelines receive a small stipend $3.15/hour. All FGP volunteers receive accident and liability insurance and meals while on duty, reimbursement for transportation, and monthly training.
There is currently one Foster Grandparent Program in Washington. If an organization is interested in learning more about becoming an FGP volunteer station, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
If you are wanting to become an FGP volunteer, please contact the program coordinator at the contact information below to see if you meet the income eligibility requirements.