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Foster Grandparents

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If you are 55, or older, and wish to share your experience and compassion with the youth in your community, you have what it takes to be a Foster Grandparent! As a Foster Grandparent, you are a role model, a mentor, and a friend. You will receive pre-service orientation, training from the organization where you serve, and supplemental accident and liability insurance while on duty. Foster Grandparents serve up to 40 hours per week. Some volunteers may qualify to earn a tax-free, hourly stipend. So get involved, and join today!


  • To enable the Foster Grandparent volunteers to remain physically and mentally active and to enhance self-esteem through participation in needed community service.
  • To enable children, less than 21 years of age, with either exceptional or special needs to achieve improved educational, physical, mental, emotional, and social development.


  • Applicants must be 55 years of age or older
  • On a limited income
  • Must be physically able to serve 15 to 40 hours a week.


  • A non-taxable, hourly stipend
  • Meet new people and make new friends
  • Learn new skills
  • Paid holidays, vacation, and sick leave
  • A travel allowance
  • Monthly in-service training
  • An annual physical
  • Attend an annual recognition event and receive awards based on hours of service
  • The love of some very special children
  • Supplemental volunteer insurance

Where They Serve

  • Day Care Centers
  • Head Start Programs
  • Schools
  • Medical Facilities
  • Youth and Family Service Centers

Contact Information

  • Main Office-Kent County
    • Williams State Service Center, 2nd floor
      805 River Road
      Dover, DE 19901
      Phone: 302-857-5040
      Fax: 302-857-5041
  • New Castle County
    • Charles Debnam Building, 2nd Floor
      1901 North DuPont Highway
      New Castle, DE 19720
      Phone: 302-255-9688
      Fax: 302-255-4462
    • Appoquinimink State Service Center
      122 Silver Lake Road
      Middletown, DE 19709
      Phone: 302-378-5770 x206
      Fax: 302-378-5784
  • Sussex County
    • Georgetown State Service Center
      546 South Bedford Street
      Georgetown, DE 19947
      Phone: 302-856-5262
      Fax: 302-856-5255