When an older adult connects with a child, the relationship is mutually beneficial. Foster Grandparents have big hearts and love making a difference in the life of a child.

Our volunteers bond one-on-one with children with special needs in schools, daycares, hospitals, and head start programs helping to jumpstart children on the path to success. In its 35th year, the Foster Grandparent program continues to demonstrate strong impacts in school readiness and education outcomes for children in need.

Of the children who were paired with a Foster Grandparent: 

  • 100% improved their academic performance in literacy or math
  • 99% demonstrated gains in social and emotional development
  • 100% in faith-based schools improved in the area of academic engagement

Ms. Cullum’s Story

Ms. Cullum, who has been serving as a Foster Grandparent for over seven years, is admired by everyone she works with. During the school year, she volunteers 15-20 hours a week as a reading buddy to 20-25 students in four different elementary schools in West Dallas.

Ms. Cullum has been able to dramatically enhance the literacy of almost every student she has been paired with. These results are proven and measurable.

The love, patience, encouragement and attention she provides makes each student feel special and unique. Ms. Cullum is more than just a reading buddy, she is a mentor, friend and role model.

Foster Grandparents participate in pre-service orientation and are provided in-service training throughout their service.  They receive a stipend of $2.65 per hour to offset the cost of volunteering as well as reimbursement for transportation, some meals during service, an annual physical, and supplemental insurance while on duty.

For more details on Foster Grandparent eligibility, click here

  • Must be at least 55 years of age
  • Must meet certain income eligibility requirements
  • Must love children
  • Must be willing to volunteer 15-40 hours a week


The Foster Grandparent Program is part of Senior Corps, a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, an independent federal agency created to connect Americans of all ages and backgrounds with opportunities to give back to their communities and their nation.


For more information, contact the Foster Grandparent Program at 214-823-5700. 

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