Foster Grandparents Program (FGP)


FGP is part of the Corporation for National and Community Service and is sponsored locally by
Sacramento County Department of Health & Human Services.
Phone: (916) 875-3569

To Qualify

Who can volunteer?

The Foster Grandparent Program has four basic criteria to qualify:
1.     Must be 55 years of age or older
2.     Must be low-income ($979.00 a month or less)
3.     Must be willing to serve children with special needs
4.     Must be willing to serve a minimum of 15 hours a week

Where do volunteers work?

Volunteers work with infants and children in a variety of settings:
  • Hospitals
  • Schools
  • Day care centers
  • The Children's Receiving Home
  • Job Corps
  • Juvenile Hall

How can I apply?

There is no fee for participating in RSVP. Orientation is provided by RSVP staff, who will then help the senior find volunteer activities in their areas of interest. You can apply by filling out the Volunteer Interest Form at the bottom of this page.
What kind of work is done?
Volunteers can choose from a variety of activities:
  • Tutoring and mentoring children
  • Holding and nurturing babies who are born prematurely with health problems or parentally exposed to drugs/alcohol
  • Helping children with long term illnesses
  • Caring for children who have been abused or neglected
  • Helping children who are at risk from dropping out of school
  • Helping Children who are at risk of substance abuse.

Are benefits provided?

Yes, the Foster Grandparent Program provides the following benefits:
  • A non-taxable hourly stipend
  • Transportation reimbursement
  • An annual physical examination
  • Specialized training
  • Community Recognition
  • Friendship with other volunteers


Funding for the Foster Grandparent Program is provided by the First 5 Sacramento Commission, which uses Proposition 10 (tobacco tax) funds to support the healthy development of children ages zero through five.

Additional information about the First 5 Sacramento Commission can be found online at or by calling 916-876-5865.


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Contact Information

(916) 875-3631

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