Become a Foster Grandparent

The Foster Grandparent Program is a volunteer program for senior-aged (55+) adults. The program is a federally funded program through AmeriCorps Seniors that ​provides an opportunity for volunteers to stay active by serving children and youth in their communities.

Foster Grandparent Volunteers are role models, mentors, tutors, and friends to youth with exceptional needs. The Foster Grandparent Volunteer serves an average of 20 hours per week to provide individualized tutoring and mentoring to youth identified as needing assistance. Volunteers serve in school settings to assist the educational staff in providing academic support. Schools participating in the program include public and alternative schools as well as schools inside DJS facilities. Foster Grandparent Volunteers also serve in DJS reporting centers, after-school programs, Reading Partners, and various summer programs throughout Baltimore City and surrounding areas.

The Foster Grandparent Volunteers also work side by side with the youth they serve on activities of local service groups to benefit the community. Activities include food drives, creating greeting cards for veterans, and stuffing gift bags for children residing in emergency care shelters.

Eligible volunteers earn an hourly stipend, meals, and travel reimbursement. Applicants must agree to a criminal history check.

If you are interested in becoming a Foster Grandparent Volunteer or learning more about the program, please contact Denise DiBattista at (410) 663-8822.​