Some children have special needs that only special people can meet. Foster Grandparents draw on the wisdom and devotion they have gained through their many years of life and in turn serve as mentors and tutors, restoring and reinforcing a sense of community and the value of an extended family in the children.
In helping children who are developmentally disabled, visually or hearing impaired, emotionally or physically abused, physically or learning impaired, Foster Grandparents earn the love of the children and also enjoy companionship of other volunteers.
Foster Grandparents spend 15 to 20 hours each week giving one-on-one attention to children with exceptional needs. Volunteers may rock babies, color with pre-schoolers, listen to school-age children read, or assist teenage parents with completing school successfully. In all cases, the relationship that grows between the Foster Grandparent and the child makes a tremendous difference in the lives of both.
To be a Foster Grandparent, you must:
- be at least 55 years old
- enjoy children
- successfully complete our pre-service training and a police background check
- be income-eligible
For your service, you will receive:
- 25 hours of paid pre-service training and monthly in-service training
- a tax-free stipend which will not affect other benefits
- mileage reimbursement to and from service
- an annual physical examination
- excess accident and liability insurance
- ongoing staff support
Within Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren counties, Foster Grandparents serve in elementary, middle and high schools, after-school programs, early childhood centers, preschools, migrant programs, emergency shelters and detention centers.
For more information on the Foster Grandparent Program call us at 269-983-7058 or toll-free at 877-660-2725 or send us an
The Area Agency on Aging is committed to providing seniors with meaningful volunteer opportunities and to its mission of Offering Choices for Independent Lives. For more information about the Agency and ways to support its mission, visit our Fund Development page or call us at 269-983-0177 or toll-free at 800-442-2803.