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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. This free program exists to assist those who have taken on the role as primary caregiver for a related child.

RAPP Coffee & Conversation

Adult Support Group

  • Group discussion and support
  • Parenting and kinship education and trainings
  • Referrals to community resources including wellness, mental health, legal services
  • Presentations from local organizations

RAPP Youth Group

Meets simultaneously with the Poughkeepsie

and Eastern Dutchess adult support groups

  • Leadership and empowerment workshops
  • Teen youth directed activities
  • Games, crafts and fun!

RAPP Intergenerational

Combined Adult and Youth Activities

  • Periodic programming that fosters family connections for all ages
  • Respite activities

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 2018 RAPP Information Flier and Schedule

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

• Second Thursday of every month at St. John's Church, Poughkeepsie

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


Jessica Canale
Family and Consumer Education Team Leader
(845) 677-8223, ext. 137

Last updated February 5, 2018