The Relatives as Parents Program mission is to provide a safe, confidential community for caregivers who are raising the child of a family member or friend. Caregivers share experiences, strength, resources and hope related to their unique journey. The RAPP program provides support groups, recreational trips and programs, educational workshops, referrals, 4-H for youth, and a teen group.
The Ulster County RAPP program has a variety of opportunities to meet a multitude of needs. In addition to trainings and educational 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-togethers 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 February 8, 2024