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Foster Grandparents Program

Foster Grandparents are role models, mentors, and friends to children with exceptional needs. The program provides a way for volunteers age 55 and older to stay active by serving children and youth in their communities.

Foster Grandparents serve from 15 to 40 hours per week in locations including schools, hospitals, daycare facilities or Head Start centers. Volunteers receive pre-service orientation, training from the organization where you serve, supplemental accident and liability insurance, and meals while on duty. Volunteers who meet certain income guidelines also receive a small stipend.   


Volunteers may assist in physical or speech therapy; they may help with homework, or they may simply be there as a grandparent. The program...

  • helps abused and neglected children
  • mentors troubled teenagers and young mothers
  • provides care for pre-mature infants and children with disabilities
  • provides different generations opportunities to grow together
  • improves the lives of children and enriches the volunteers lives

 To be a volunteer in the Foster Grandparents Program, you must...

  • be at least 55 years of age;
  • meet certain income eligibility requirements;
  • love children; and
  • be willing to volunteer 20 hours a week.

For more information on volunteering, contact the Senior HelpLine or Senior Corps.


Foster Grandparent Sites

Since 1965, the Federal government and the State of Illinois have partnered to provide funding for the eleven (11) Foster Grandparent Programs in Illinois through the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Illinois Department on Aging. Volunteers work in...

  • Schools
  • Hospitals
  • Drug treatment centers
  • Correctional institutions
  • Day care centers
  • Head Start programs



For more information or to find out how your organization can partner with the Foster Grandparents Program, contact the IDoA Senior HelpLine or Senior Corps.