Foster Grandparents are role models, mentors, and friends to children with exceptional needs. The program provides a way for volunteers age 55 and over to stay active by serving children and youth in their communities. Foster Grandparents serve children and youth who are less than 21 years of age who have special or exceptional needs, or are in circumstances that limit their academic, social, or emotional development.

Becoming a Foster Grandparent Volunteer

Foster Grandparents serve from 15 to 40 hours per week in locations including schools, daycare facilities, and Head Start centers to provide one on one tutoring and mentoring. Volunteers receive pre-service orientation, training from the organization where you will serve, supplemental accident and liability insurance, and meals while on duty. Volunteers who meet certain income guidelines also receive a small stipend.

Make a Difference Today!

When you volunteer, you are not just helping others—you are helping yourself. Volunteering leads to new discoveries and new friends. Plus, studies show that volunteering helps you live longer and promote a positive outlook on life. So get involved, and join Foster Grandparents today.



For more information about the Arkansas Department of Human Services Foster Grandparents Program:

Betty Dukes, Foster Grandparents Administrator  501-320-6454

                                                                               Robert Watson, Program Officer 501-320-8902