Foster Grandparents

Foster Grandparents provide one-on-one mentoring, tutoring, and support to at-risk students or children with special needs.

Foster Grandparents are matched with the students identified by school staff as having the greatest need for academic or behavioral intervention. The Foster Grandparents work with their assigned students up to 40 hours each week.

This intergenerational program leads to improved behavior and academic achievement by the students and allows the seniors an opportunity to remain active and engaged in their community.

Foster Grandparents is a program of AmeriCorps Seniors. Seniors who fall within age (55 and older) and income guidelines can receive a tax-free stipend and mileage reimbursement.

For more information, contact Larrisa McDowell, Foster Grandparent Coordinator, at 803-252-7734 x255 or

A Very Hopeful Foster Grandparent Story