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.
• 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
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
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 21, 2017