Flexibility: High

Social Engagement: High

What’s What: The world is full of chances to make a difference in the life of a child. As a Foster Grandparent, you can take yours and make it count with kids who really need you as a mentor, friend and more.

Amava Take: Whether you want to help kids read, work with at-risk youth, infants, young mothers or kids who have suffered abuse or neglect, there are opportunities to make a huge impact inside the foster system. If sharing what you know with an open heart sounds like a good way to spend your time, volunteering as a Foster Grandparent could be one of the most meaningful experiences of your life.

From the Front Lines: 

What kinds of candidates are you looking for to fill these positions?

All you need is the desire to give of yourself and your time.

Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?

Listening is an extremely powerful act. Sharing your own stories is wonderful too.

What’s a typical daily schedule like?

The Foster Grandparent program is established and organized, but details will vary by chapter.

From the Trenches:  

What’s the most satisfying part of the job/experience?

Connecting with a young person who is hungry to share experiences and learn life lessons.

How would you describe the hard parts?

Sometimes it is difficult to wrap my head around the misfortune that kids can face.

What surprised you the most about the experience?

I did not realize how much I would learn just by listening.

Special Requirements: There are so many paths to living a productive life. Anyone who is open to listening and has a generous attitude can be a terrific foster grandparent. Find out more about the program and see for yourself.

Finding a Position: The best plan is to start with the government national service site and connect with your local chapter. There are options to work in schools, community centers and other venues.