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Foster Grandparents

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Foster Grandparents work with children and youth

Since 1965, Foster Grandparent volunteers have shared their wisdom and experience with children and made impressions that have lasted a lifetime.


Every day in communities across Minnesota, Foster Grandparents positively impact the lives of children and youth while also improving their own quality of life.

Foster Grandparents 250xFoster Grandparents serve youth in a wide variety of settings including public and private schools, Head Starts, shelters, day care centers and correctional institutions.  From striving to prepare children for success in elementary school to mentoring incarcerated teenagers, Foster Grandparent volunteers make a difference in the lives of those they serve. 

Utilizing the time, talents and compassion of retiree volunteers to help mentor youth has proven to be an effective model. Volunteers play a significant role in increasing one-on-one attention to at-risk and struggling children and providing the much needed attention for helping children’s self-esteem and success.  Foster Grandparents are role models, mentors and friends whom children and youth come to depend on and who can change their lives for the better.

FGP - Delores To qualify as a volunteer:

  • You must be 55+ and in good general health
  • Have compassion, patience, flexibility and respect for children and others
  • Work well with diverse individuals and families
  • Have dependable transportation available


Benefits include:

  • A non-taxable stipend of $2.65 per hour (You must serve a minimum of 10 hours of service per week to qualify.)
  • Transportation reimbursement to and from your service site
  • On-going training opportunities
  • Recognition
  • Accident and liability insurance while volunteering
  • Possible daily lunch on site
  • Meeting new people, learning new things and having the satisfaction of helping others

For more information on being a Foster Grandparent in your community, please contact the Foster Grandparent coordinator in your area or complete our short interest form below and we will be in touch soon.

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Foster Grandparent Program is a part of the national Senior Corps of the Corporation for National and Community Service.