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The Foster Grandparent Program eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • Age 55+
  • Income meets program guidelines
  • Background clearance
  • Physical health status
  • Enthusiasm
  • Compassion
  • Positive outlook on life

The Foster Grandparent Program Volunteer benefits include:

  • Tax-exempt stipend
  • Transportation allowance
  • Personal fulfillment
  • Lots of love

How does someone apply and enroll?

The Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) application and enrollment process is federally regulated and entails the following four steps:

Step 1. A pre-screening interview is conducted - either by telephone or in person - to determine if a prospective volunteer meets basic eligibility requirements. An applicant’s annual income must meet program guidelines and age 55+ is also a prerequisite. During this initial contact FGP staff provides program information and answers any questions that a potential Grandparent volunteer may have.

Step 2. Upon preliminary verification of eligibility, a prospective Grandparent volunteer is scheduled for a group informational meeting where the Foster Grandparent Program Application and Volunteer Questionnaire are completed and the required compliance documents are collected.  Documentation includes a valid California ID and proof of auto insurance if the potential volunteer will drive or be driven to and from a volunteer site.  One-to-one interviews are also a part of this session in order to discuss the Volunteer Questionnaire responses and determine if an individual is a viable candidate for enrollment in the Foster Grandparent Program. 

Step 3. If the prospective volunteer appears to be a good match to serve as a mentor for infants, children or teens, the individual undergoes a physical screening by their health care provider and thereafter a physical status report is provided to verify that the applicant is cleared to volunteer with youth.

Step 4. Once a potential volunteer is given the green light by a health care provider a step-by-step background check process is initiated, which includes clearances from the National Sex Offender Public Registry and Live Scan/FBI criminal history records.  When the Foster Grandparent Program receives notification of an individual’s clearance, a 3 day orientation is scheduled in addition to a minimum of 20 hours field training at a volunteer site.