An older woman and a young boy prepare a healthy snack.
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Having a snack together.

Relatives as Parents Program

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

Adult Support Group & Youth Programming

Promotes group discussion and peer support through parenting and kinship education. Provides referrals to community resources and presentations from local organizations. Encourages leadership and empowerment through workshops and youth directed activities.

Twice a year, all of the support groups can 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 RAPP Information Flier and 2020 Meeting 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
  • Fourth Thursday of every month at Beacon Recreation Center


Jessica Canale
Family and Consumer Education Program Leader
(845) 677-8223 x 137

Last updated February 6, 2020