Foster Grandparents

Foster Grandparent Program


Statement of Purpose

To create an enriching environment for retired Seniors to remain active while making an impact on the needs of their communities.


  • Senior Volunteers provide one-to-one assistance for children with special and exceptional needs:

  • Tutoring

  • Mentoring

  • Skill Building

  • Enhance Self-Reliance


  • Stipend ($3.15 per hour)

  • Transportation Reimbursement

  • Paid Sick and Vacation Time

  • Annual Recognition

  • Opportunity to Make a Difference in the Life of a Child

Happy 50th Anniversary Foster Grandparents!

Since 1965, Foster Grandparent volunteers have made a difference in classrooms across the country as tutors, mentors and friends. Featuring real volunteers, these videos celebrates their joy, their impact, and the incredible relationships they develop with the kids. The program allows volunteers age 55 and over to not only help kids but also to help themselves, by staying active and engaged in their communities.

Become a Foster Grandparent Volunteer

Foster Grandparents are tutors, mentors, and friends to children with exceptional needs. The program provides a way for volunteers age 55 and over to stay active by serving children and youth in their communities. Featuring real volunteers, this video celebrates their joy, their impact, and the incredible relationships they develop.

Foster Grandparents Help Kids Learn English

Meet Grandma Carol and Grandpa Bill, Foster Grandparent volunteers in San Diego who helped kids learn English as a second language and quickly get up to grade level.

Foster Grandparents Help Kids Complete High School

Foster Grandparent volunteers work with students at Urban Corps, a unique program that combines securing a high school diploma with green jobs training in San Diego, California. For many Urban Corps students, this program is a second chance to complete high school, and volunteers like Grandma Justina and Grandma Juanita inspire and prepare these students for college and their careers.


Foster Grandparents for Every Syracuse 1st and 2nd Grade Classroom

Meet Grandma Freddie, Grandpa Steve and Grandma Janet, three of a growing number of Foster Grandparents who are supporting teachers and children in Syracuse City Schools.

Foster Grandparents Supporting Kids in Baltimore’s Juvenile Justice System

Meet Mr. Wood, a Foster Grandparent volunteer who mentors kids in Baltimore’s Juvenile Justice System, inspiring kids through his art.

How To Contact

Foster Grandparent Program

San Diego

619 323-2841

Imperial County

760 353-6822



Catholic Charities, and by extension the Volunteer Stations, shall not discriminate against volunteers, clients, and staff on the basis of formal education, experience, race, color, national origin, including limited English proficiency, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or expression, political affiliation, marital or parental status, or military service.


Please notify the Catholic Charities Program Manager of any instances.


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