Foster Grandparents are senior volunteers who share their knowledge, warmth, and compassion with children. Volunteers work as aides in schools, day care centers, Head Start programs, and family support centers. Our Foster Grandparents work closely with children who have special needs, from shyness to physical disabilities.  They help children develop academic and life skills they need for future success.  Foster Grandparents make their neighborhoods stronger by helping children with special needs achieve their goals. Foster Grandparents commit at least 20 hours per week and receive a monthly (bi-weekly) stipend (which does not affect other entitlements.)

Foster Grandparents are men and women who:

  • Are age 55 or older
  • Have limited income
  • Are able to serve 20 hours per week
  • Are able to accept supervision and training
  • Are willing to provide love, support, guidance, and friendship to children

Individuals who meet established program guidelines are eligible for services regardless of race, creed, gender, religion, national origin, or handicap.

As a Foster Grandparent, you will receive:

  • A tax-free stipend that will supplement your current income, but will not affect the benefits you currently receive
  • Transportation and meal assistance
  • Holidays, as well as earned sick leave and vacation time
  • On-duty liability insurance
  • An annual physical examination
  • The love of special children
  • A chance to meet new people
  • The personal satisfaction that comes from making a positive impact on a child’s life.

The Foster Grandparent Program is funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service and operated by SHORE UP! Inc in the following Eastern Shore counties: Wicomico, Worcester, Somerset, Dorchester, and Caroline.

For additional information, contact Joyce Farrare at or 410-749-1142 x 1054.