Foster Grandparents

If you are 55, or older, and wish to share your experience and compassion with the youth in your community, you have what it takes to be a Foster Grandparent! As a Foster Grandparent, you are a role model, a mentor, and a friend. You will receive pre-service orientation, training from the organization where you serve, and supplemental accident and liability insurance while on duty. Foster Grandparents serve up to 40 hours per week. Some volunteers may qualify to earn a tax-free, hourly stipend. So get involved, and join today!

Goals

  • To enable the Foster Grandparent volunteers to remain physically and mentally active and to enhance self-esteem through participation in needed community service.
  • ​To enable children, less than 21 years of age, with either exceptional or special needs to achieve improved educational, physical, mental, emotional, and social development.

Eligibility

  • ​Applicants must be 55 years of age or older
  • On a limited income
  • Must be physically able to serve 15 to 40 hours a week.

Benefits

  • A non-taxable, hourly stipend
  • ​Meet new people and make new friends
  • Learn new skills
  • ​Paid holidays, vacation, and sick leave
  • A travel allowance
  • Monthly in-service training
  • An annual physical
  • Attend an annual recognition event and receive awards based on hours of service
  • The love of some very special children
  • Supplemental volunteer insurance

Where They Serve

  • Day Care Centers
  • Head Start Programs
  • Schools
  • Medical Facilities
  • Youth and Family Service Centers


Contact Information

Main Office-Kent County
Williams State Service Center, 2nd floor 
805 River Road 
Dover, DE 19901
Phone 302-857-5016
Fax: 302-857-5041
 
New Castle County
Charles Debnam Building, 2nd Floor
1901 North DuPont Highway
New Castle, DE 19720
Phone: (302) 255-9688
Fax: 302-255-4462

Appoquinimink State Service Center
122 Silver Lake Road
Middletown, DE 19709
Phone: 302-696-3120
Fax: 302-378-5784

Sussex County
Adams State Service Center
546 South Bedford Street
Georgetown, DE 19947
Phone: 302-515-3037
Fax: 302-856-5255