Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Programs (FG/SCP)


Central Valley Regional Center

Jean Martens, FG/SCP Site Director
(559) 738-2207

Kern Regional Center

Melissa Searson, FG/SCP Site Director
(661) 852-3217

North Bay Regional Center

Ana Horta, SCP Site Director
(707) 566-3005

San Andreas Regional Center

Mia Garza, FG/SCP Site Director
(408) 341-3861

San Gabriel/Pomona Regional Center

Leslie Egge, FG/SCP Site Director, North
(909) 706-3620

Wendy Hemminger, FG/SCP Site Director, South
(714) 957-5188

Tri-Counties Regional Center

Rebekah Nagel, FG/SCP Site Director
(805) 884-7226

Valley Mountain Regional Center

Mara King, FG/SCP Site Director
(209) 955-3351

Eligible volunteers provide a minimum of 15 hours of service per week to the consumer and in return they receive:

  • A tax-free stipend
  • Partial reimbursement for travel expenses
  • A meal stipend each day they volunteer
  • An annual physical
  • A 20 hour orientation and on-going in-service training
  • Recognition for volunteer service

The Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Programs benefit all parties. Volunteers remain physically and mentally active and they report that the quality of their lives is greatly improved. In addition, the toddlers, children and adults with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities receive guidance which empowers them to achieve their physical, emotional and social goals.

For information about becoming a volunteer, please contact the center listed above for your area. For additional information about the program, please contact:

Department of Developmental Services
Foster Grandparent/Senior Companion Program
1600 9th Street, MS 3-13
Sacramento, CA 95814
Brian Diamond
Statewide Director
(916) 654-2760

Last modified: May 2, 2020