About Foster Grandparent

Younger children are assisted in the development of small and gross motor skills, recognizing colors and numbers while learning letters, words, and self-expression and receive one-on-one interaction allowing for substantial growth.

Older children are assisted in schoolwork, socialization and developmentally appropriate behavior.  

Foster Grandparents attend monthly in-service meetings to receive specialized training in child development best practices and community awareness on various topics related to seniors and children with special needs, along with a host of informative speeches on topics ranging from predatory lending to the importance of identity theft protection. A forty-hour orientation is required for all new Foster Grandparents prior to a site-assignment that focuses on volunteerism and working with special needs children. 

Foster Grandparents volunteer can serve between 20 and 40 hours per week and receive a tax-free hourly stipend that is considered exempt for benefits.  Foster Grandparents also receive a free annual physical and daily meal along with reimbursement for travel expenses and an annual recognition celebration.

Volunteer Host Sites Include

  • Akron Children’s Hospital
  • Akron Public Schools
  • Akron Summit Community Action Head Start/Early Head Start (13 sites)
  • Phoenix Alternative School
  • Salvation Army Child Learning Zone
  • YMCA Child Care Centers

Volunteer Application