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Foster Grandparents


Foster Grandparents mentor and tutor special needs and at-risk children

The Foster Grandparent Program provides an opportunity for limited income seniors to earn a small, tax-free stipend of $3.15 per hour while working with children. Foster Grandparents serve 20 hours per week working in schools, preschools, and day care centers. They provide mentoring, tutoring, and emotional support to high-risk and special needs children.

The Foster Grandparent program is made possible by a federal grant from AmeriCorps Seniors and is operated by Salt Lake County Aging & Adult Services.



To participate as a Foster Grandparent volunteer you must:

  • Be at least 55 years of age
  • Meet monthly income limits
  • Be willing and able to serve 20 hours per week
  • Pass an extensive background check

The stipend you receive ($3.15/hour) is NOT considered income by law, is non-taxable, and does not reduce other benefits such as subsidized housing, Medicaid, Food Stamps, Social Security, or SSI.


Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers serve 20 hours per week assisting children in a variety of settings throughout Salt Lake County including schools, daycare centers, and crisis centers for parents and children.


  • $3.15 per hour stipend (not considered income and does not affect other entitlements such as subsidized housing, food stamps, Medicaid, etc.)
  • Mileage reimbursement for use of your vehicle or a free monthly bus pass
  • Excess accident and auto insurance while providing volunteer service

Volunteer Requirements

Ability to serve 20 hours per week, 55 years of age or older, meet monthly income limits, and pass an extensive background check.

Training and Support

  • Orientation training is required and provided to all volunteers 
  • Monthly in-service training is provided and required
  • Training topics support volunteer service activities



Contact Information

Program Assistant: Linda Daniels
Telephone: 385.468.3262
Address: Salt Lake County Aging and Adult Services
Foster Grandparent Program
2001 S State St STE S1-500
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-4575