Foster Grandparent Program
The Foster Grandparent Program is a team of volunteers ages 55 years and older who work with children of all ages at schools and educational facilities across York County.
Volunteers support children in developing basic learning skills, sharing life experiences, providing emotional support and one-on-one attention in the areas of reading, writing and math to prepare youth for independent living.
The Foster Grandparent Program provides opportunities for older adults to tutor, mentor and comfort children, while remaining physically and mentally active through community service.
Foster grandparents receive a non-taxable stipend that does not affect social security or pension benefits, subsidized housing rates, Medicare, or any other benefits they may receive.
Volunteers through CPC’s Foster Grandparent Program have the opportunity to work with children and adults alike, providing important socialization, sense of purpose and the understanding that they are giving back to their community.
Foster Grandparent FAQ
Volunteers receive a tax-free, non-reportable stipend; transportation reimbursement; meals during their service; recognition events and monthly trainings. Volunteer sites include public schools, Head Start centers and non-profit daycare centers. Please visit the Senior Corps of PA, a part of the Corporation for National and Community Service, website for more answers.
WHAT ARE THE QUALIFICATIONS TO BECOME A FOSTER GRANDPARENT?
Foster Grandparents must be at least 55 years old, meet federal income guidelines and be able to serve a minimum of 15 hours per week.
HOW DO FOSTER GRANDPARENTS BENEFIT?
Foster Grandparents receive a non-taxable stipend. This stipend does not affect social security or pension benefits, subsidized housing rates, Medicare, food stamps or any other benefits they may be receiving.
WHAT DO FOSTER GRANDPARENTS DO WITH THE CHILDREN?
Foster Grandparents tutor, mentor and comfort children. They help children develop basic learning skills, share life experiences, provide one-on-one attention in areas of reading, writing and math to prepare the children for independent living, and provide children with emotional support and empathy.
DO FOSTER GRANDPARENTS TAKE CHILDREN INTO THEIR HOME?
No. Foster Grandparents help children at a volunteer station such as a Head Start classroom, child care center or school.
WHERE DO FOSTER GRANDPARENTS WORK?
Currently, we have 20 volunteer sites throughout York County. We match volunteers to a site that is close to their home. Most of our Foster Grandparents travel less than 2 miles to work.
HOW OLD ARE THE CHILDREN IN THE FOSTER GRANDPARENT PROGRAM?
The Foster Grandparent Program can help children from birth to 21 years old. We allow volunteers to choose the age range they feel they would most enjoy.
WHEN WOULD A FOSTER GRANDPARENT VOLUNTEER?
Schedules depend on the volunteer station and the volunteer. Our program is flexible and tries to accommodate schedules that are best for all involved. Most Foster Grandparents start in the morning. They can work 4 or 5 days per week. We ask for a minimum of 15 hours per week, and volunteers can work up to 40 hours per week.