Foster Grandparent Program


Foster Grandparents

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

Volunteers serve at dozens of local organizations that:

·        Help children learn to read and provide one-on-one tutoring

·        Mentor troubled teenagers and young mothers

·        Care for premature infants or children with disabilities

·        Help children who have been abused or neglected  


All you need to join is the ability to give the kind of comfort and love that sets a child on the path toward a successful future. If you’re 55 or older and want to share your experience and compassion, you have what it takes to be a Foster Grandparent.

Becoming a Foster Grandparent Volunteer


Foster Grandparents Program (FGP) Serving Children. Foster Grandparents devote their volunteer service to one population: children with special or exceptional needs. Across the country, Foster Grandparents are offering emotional support to child victims of abuse and neglect, tutoring children who lag behind in reading, mentoring troubled teenagers and young mothers, and caring for premature infants and children with physical disabilities and severe illnesses.

Foster Grandparents often maintain an ongoing, intensive relationship with the children and youth served for a year or longer.

Foster Grandparents serve from 20 to 40 hours per week in locations including schools, afterschool programs, daycare facilities or Head Start centers in all 13 counties served by SCHRA. Volunteers receive pre-service orientation, training from the organization where you will serve, supplemental accident and liability insurance, mileage/travel cost assistance and meals while on duty. Volunteers who meet certain income guidelines also receive a small stipend.

And remember: When you volunteer, you’re not just helping others—you’re helping yourself. Volunteering leads to new discoveries and new friends. Plus, studies show that volunteering helps you live longer and promotes a positive outlook on life. So get involved, and join Foster Grandparents today!


For more information, please call the Foster Grandparent office at SCHRA – (931)433-7182 ext. 127 or email


Bertha Faulkner FGP Volunteer in Lawrence County at New Prospect School
"My name is Berths Faulkner; I am retired from Head Start. I worked as a teacher for 34 years and two years as a substitute. Then I decided to get into the Foster Grandparent Program. I truly love my work as a Foster Grandparent. I love working with children it helps me to meet different people and also helps me financially as well as helps me mentally and it keeps my mind off things. If it had not been for the Foster Grandparent program I would not be able to live by myself. Thank you for the program! "

Agnes Crenshaw FGP Volunteer in Lawrence County at South Lawrence School
"What the Foster Grandparent Program means to me: It means a lot just helping the children with reading or whatever they need. Some of the children just need love, affection and to know that someone cares about them. It gives me and a feeling of being needed and wanted in their lives. I love working with the children, they remind me of my grandchildren. Working with the children fills a void in my life.

Lavaughn McMasters "Maw Maw" FGP volunteer in Lawrence County at New Prospect School
"What being a Foster Grandparent means to me, I work with Pre-K through third grade? In the morning you walk in the room they will say “hi maw maw” and most will come and give you a big hug, and that makes me have a very good day, to see their smiling faces. When you are reading with them most of them want to be first I feel I am doing something right. You see the children at lunch or in the hallways and they will say “hi maw maw “and wave to me.