How do you become a foster grandparent?


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The easiest way for someone to become a foster grandparent is to volunteer with an organization such as the Corporation for National and Community Service. Catholic Community Services is another option for those looking to serve as foster grandparents.

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Most programs that offer foster grandparent opportunities will require that the volunteers be at least 55 years of age; both the Corporation for National and Community Service and Catholic Community Services have this age requirement. The foster grandparent must also have a love for children and be willing to invest their time to provide the comfort that a child may need. Some organizations require that the foster grandparent be able to commit to a certain amount of hours per week. There may also be income requirements, as some organizations provide a small stipend for foster grandparents.

Examples of tasks that foster grandparents may be asked to do include teaching children how to read or providing them with assistance with homework, mentoring troubled youth, providing care for infants or children that have disabilities or helping those that have been abused. A foster grandparent can work in a variety of settings including day cares, hospitals and juvenile correctional facilities. Foster grandparents may also be involved with schools and assist children throughout the school day or while the students wait for a ride home.

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