Michigan Association of Foster Grandparent & Senior Companion Programs

Foster Grandparent Program

Foster Grandparent volunteers are 55 or better, who serve as role models, mentors, and friends to children in need. They serve at thousands of local organizations throughout the State of Michigan, including faith-based groups, Head Start Centers, schools, and other youth facilities.  Foster Grandparents serve an average of 15 hours per week providing guidance to children at a critical time in their lives.

To qualify volunteers must be income eligible (200% poverty level or less). For their service they earn a tax-free, hourly stipend, transportation reimbursement and other benefits.  Prior to placement, volunteers must complete 15 hours of pre-service orientation/training, a physical and various background checks.  At least 24 hours of in-service training is provided annually.