Since 1972 the COAD Foster Grandparent Program has been providing meaningful volunteer services opportunities to men and women age 55 years and older working with both children and youth who are in need.

Volunteers are placed in a variety of settings such as schools, Head Start Programs, daycare centers, MR-DD programs, juvenile justice facilities, hospitals and libraries.

Every day in the communities we serve, COAD Foster Grandparent Volunteers are the people children in need depend on for love, wisdom and support. Foster Grandparents help children develop the skills, confidence and strength to succeed in life. Foster Grandparents make their neighborhoods and communities stronger by helping children with special and exceptional needs achieve their goals.

If you are interested in becoming a Foster Grandparent volunteer you can contact one of our Regional Coordinators: 

In Carroll, Columbiana, Harrison, Tuscarawas, Belmont or Jefferson Counties:

Kirk Guisti, COAD Foster Grandparent Program and Senior Companion

P.O. Box 266, Steubenville, Ohio 43952 Telephone: 330-987-7232



In Athens, Hocking, Muskingum, Perry and Ross Counties :

Teny Bannick, Foster Grandparent Program

I Pinchot Lane, P.O. Box 787, Athens, Ohio 45701 Telephone: 740-594-8499



In Lawrence, Jackson, Gallia and Scioto Counties:

Cher Bellar, COAD Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Programs

P.O. Box 4371, Ironton, Ohio 45638 Telephone: 740-532-7725



In Coshocton, Holmes, Richland, Knox, Licking and Morrow Counties:

Debbie Taylor, Foster Grandparent Program

300 N. Mulberry Street, Mt Vernon, Ohio 43050 Telephone: 740-392-6898



If you are interested in becoming a COAD Foster Grandparent Volunteer, or in learning more about participation in this important program contact:

The COAD Foster Grandparent Program places volunteers in 46 different non-profit, government and faith-based sites throughout the region who serve children who have special or exceptional needs. If you are interested in having volunteers placed at your school, agency or office contact:

Director of Senior Programs Division – Joseph Lemon