Foster Grandparent Program

When you share your love, time, and experience, you have the power to help a child who needs you. If you’re 55 years or older and want to share your experience and compassion, you have what it takes to be a Foster Grandparent.

As a Foster Grandparent, you’re a role model, a mentor, and a friend. Serving at local organizations-including faith-based groups, Head Start Centers, schools, day care centers and other youth facilities that serve children with exceptional needs-you help children learn to read, provide one-on-one tutoring, and guide children at a critical time in their lives. Put simply, you give the kind of comfort and love that sets a child on the path toward a successful future.

Foster Grandparents have to be income eligible and serve up to 15-40 hours per week. In return, you’ll receive a tax-free, hourly stipend, transportation reimbursement, pre-service orientation, training from the organization where you serve, and supplemental accident and liability insurance while on duty.

And remember: When you volunteer, you’re not just helping others-you’re 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.

To apply, please complete Participant Application and Records Check Authorization forms fully and submit to:

Foster Grandparent Program
700 Hardy Street
Hattiesburg, MS 39401

Download the forms here:

  1. Participant Application
  2. Records Check Authorization
  3. Income Eligibility

For more information, contact Celeste Brown at (601) 545-2137 or cbrown@smpdd.com.

The Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) is federally funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service and housed at Southern MS Planning and Development District Hattiesburg office.

SMPDD/TDWA is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services will be provide to those with disabilities upon request.

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