Having a snack together.
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Having a snack together.

Relatives as Parents Program

     Relatives as Parents Program is a community based program that works with families throughout Dutchess County providing educational workshops, support groups, respite events, inter-generational activities, referrals and resources for caregivers raising their relative children. RAPP staff works with relative caregivers and their children to provide a fun, safe, welcoming space for them to connect with other families in similar situations to their own.

Coffee and Conversation Support Groups

Held in three locations covering Poughkeepsie, Southern Dutchess and Eastern Dutchess.


Kinship care and peer support

Education and Training to address needs and concerns of caregivers

Presentations from local organizations and professionals addressing topics related to caregivers

Wellness Education programs

Financial Education workshops

Family Education presentations

Resource Sharing and Referral Services

Twice a year the support groups will join together for special events: the Winter Holiday Party and Summer Picnic. The purpose of these events is to provide encouragement and fun for kinship care families.

Click here for the 2017 Coffee and Conversation Schedule

• First Wednesday of every month at Immaculate Conception Church, Amenia

• Second Thursday of every month at St. Paul’s Church, Poughkeepsie

• Third Tuesday of every month at St. Mary’s Church, Fishkill

The Youth Group

Meeting simultaneously with the Coffee & Conversation support groups of Poughkeepsie and Eastern Dutchess, youth groups provide:

Adult/Youth mirrored educational programs

Opportunities for leadership development

Workshops that strengthen social and communication skills

Seasonal crafts and projects

Intergenerational Activities

Inter-generational activities foster cooperation and promote interaction among youth and older adults. RAPP Intergenerational activities are designed to:

Improve family relationships, teamwork and communication

Create memorable experiences

Provide cooperative learning exercises

Offer a non-stressful sharing time

Provide opportunities for respite

Respite Events

RAPP provides respite to relative caregivers through a variety of events. Relative caregivers drop off the children who take part in educational and cooperative activities, while the adults take a break from the daily demands of parenting. We also provide respite referrals to local agencies.

Last updated June 26, 2017