Relatives as Parents Program mission is to provide a safe community for families to share experiences, strength and hope. To provide support, recreational programs and education that aim to provide opportunities to develop friendships, build skills and have fun.
Relatives as Parents Program (RAPP) provides education, referrals, and support for adults raising relative children and the children whom they care for through monthly support groups, RAPP 4-H youth, and Teen programs. Intergenerational programs, field trips, and career exploration events and activities are held throughout the year.
*Please note: As of March 16, 2020, all RAPP programming listed below has been modified and moved on-line. Please contact Karri Paul at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
The Ulster County RAPP program has a variety of opportunities to meet a multitude of needs. In addition to Training's and Workshops for caregivers related to parenting, nutrition and resource management, time together as a family is honored with monthly Family Nights and Community Outings where group members have the opportunity to come together, have fun, and socialize with other members who can relate to the joys and challenges of being a kinship family.
Additionally, there are individualized programs to support families such as Support Groups for caregivers, Teen Nights for youth ages 12-19 and a 4-H Youth Group for children ages 5-11 years. All of these get-together's are geared towards making connections, sharing experiences and building relationships.
All programs are offered at no cost to the family. “The RAPP program has made me realize I am not alone in my situation of raising grandchildren at 65 years-old,” says program member, Sherry.
Last updated October 19, 2020