The Foster Grandparent Program matches individuals age 55 or older with children and youth in classrooms, childcare centers, and youth organizations throughout Niagara County.

Since 1972, the Niagara County Foster Grandparent Program has enriched the lives of seniors and the young children they help. The love, understanding, attention and assistance from Foster Grandparents enable children to attain education and personal growth.

Foster Grandparent Benefits

Foster Grandparents receive a tax-free stipend to cover the cost of serving.  This stipend is not considered income for any purpose. Foster Grandparents also receive pre-service and monthly training, transportation assistance and supplemental insurance coverage while they are serving.

Foster Grandparent Eligibility Requirements

If you are least 55 years of age, meet certain income eligibility requirements and are willing to volunteer 15 hours a week, we want you to become a Foster Grandparent.

Foster Grandparent Program Funding

The Foster Grandparent Program is sponsored locally by HANCI with a continuation grant from AmeriCorps Seniors (the Corporation for National and Community Service.) The program also receives funding from New York State Office for the Aging, United Way of Greater Niagara, as well as through local contributions.

For more information, call Kelly Carr (716) 285-8224, ext. 228 or email

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