Grandparents: Surrogate Parenting

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As more grandparents and relatives are stepping up in the absence of the biological parents, so have support groups and programs to help.  

In Dutchess County, Poughkeepsie (NY), there is the Relatives As Parents Program (click underlined to be linked to program’s website). The program (a.k.a. RAPP)  provides support services to both the relative caregivers and their children. 

Reasons for the parents’ absence (as highlighted in our other posts) always vary.

The RAPP’s website list a few: 

  • teen pregnancy
  • an adult parent’s substance abuse
  • financial problems
  • incarceration
  • death
  • homelessness
  • deployment

Support services by Relatives as Parents Program include:


Mary Kaye Dolan-Anderson

Director, Dutchess County Office for the Aging.

Original Article by the Dutchess County Office for the Aging, 27 High St., Poughkeepsie NY 12601. 

Go check out the Article at:

And Visit the RAAP website: 


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