The Foster Grandparent Program serves a dual purpose in that it provides income-eligible adults, age 55 and older, with meaningful volunteer opportunities, while also meeting critical community needs by serving children with exceptional needs. The program is primarily funded by the Corporation for National Community Service and has been operating nation-wide since 1965. There are seventeen program sites in Texas, eight of which are administered by Texas Health and Human Services.

What are Foster Grandparent Volunteers?

Foster Grandparent volunteers are adults 55 and older who provide one-on-one emotional support, mentoring and tutoring children with exceptional needs in eight service areas across the State of Texas.

Foster Grandparent volunteers are not the same as foster parents — the children do not live with you. You are a role model, mentor and friend. You will meet your mentee at a designated organization such as a public school, daycare, Head Start program, hospital, juvenile correction facility or any other child centered agency.

HHS Accomplishments

In 2016-2017 grant year, the program:

  • Placed 482 volunteers at 178 sites across the state.
  • Served 17,212 children.
  • Logged 461,593 volunteer hours.

Belief Statements

We believe:

  • In the dignity and worth of each Foster Grandparent and the children with whom they serve.
  • It is a privilege to serve as a Foster Grandparent, as a part of a caring community.
  • Foster Grandparents can fill a specific place in children's hearts since children can relate differently to Foster Grandparents than they do to parents and staff.
  • Foster Grandparents are important to the teachers and staff with whom they work because they offer a wealth of knowledge and experience.
  • The Foster Grandparent Program provides an opportunity for life-long learning. The program provides training, which enhances the skills of the Foster Grandparents to better understand children's needs and to impact their lives personally and academically.
  • The Foster Grandparent Program adds quality to the lives of the Foster Grandparents by providing opportunities for social interaction and companionship while also earning a stipend.
  • Foster Grandparents receive as many benefits as the children with whom they work. By being involved, the Foster Grandparent becomes a healthier, happier person who is motivated, who has a sense of pride which comes from being wanted and useful, and who stays mentally and physically active.
  • Foster Grandparents are part of the solution to society's problems. By offering a positive view of aging, Foster Grandparents can be effective role models for future citizens.

Contacts

State Office

Program Manager
Mail Code 2077
909 West 45th St., Bldg. 555
Austin, TX 78751
Foster.Grandparent@hhsc.state.tx.us

Abilene

Foster Grandparent Volunteer Coordinator
Mail Code 001-1
4601 S. 1st St., Suite M-103
Abilene, TX 79605
325-795-5704
Foster.Grandparent@hhsc.state.tx.us

Austin

Foster Grandparent Volunteer Coordinator
Mail Code 016-7
1601 Rutherford Lane
Suite B
Austin, TX 78754
512-873-6330
Foster.Grandparent@hhsc.state.tx.us

Corpus Christi

Foster Grandparent Volunteer Coordinator
Mail Code 073-5
4410 Dillon Lane, Ste. 28
Corpus Christi, TX 78415
361-878-7765
Foster.Grandparent@hhsc.state.tx.us

Denton

Foster Grandparent Volunteer Coordinator
Mail Code 1031
3612 E. McKinney
Denton, TX 76209
940-320-5727
Foster.Grandparent@hhsc.state.tx.us

Lubbock

Foster Grandparent Volunteer Coordinator
Mail Code 2171
6302 Iola Ave.
Lubbock, TX 79424
806-783-6670
Foster.Grandparent@hhsc.state.tx.us

Lufkin

Foster Grandparent Volunteer Coordinator
Mail Code 2201
1210 S. Chestnut
Lufkin, TX 75901
936-633-3659
Foster.Grandparent@hhsc.state.tx.us

Mexia

Foster Grandparent Volunteer Coordinator
Mail Code 2341
939 Industrial Blvd.
Mexia, TX 76667
254-562-4257
Foster.Grandparent@hhsc.state.tx.us

Rosenberg

Foster Grandparent Volunteer Coordinator
Mail Code 270-7
117 Lane Drive, Ste. 50
Rosenberg, TX 77471
281-344-3515
Foster.Grandparent@hhsc.state.tx.us