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
Support services by Relatives as Parents Program include:
- “Coffee and Conversation”
- Goal: “Help the participants find an environment that provides comfort and safety for the expression of their successes and challenges as caregivers of relative children.”
- Goal: “To assist caregivers to learn from and help each other (i.e. peer mentoring, informal care giving among families, etc.).”
- Help connects caregivers (most being grandparents) in “locating resources in the community to address financial, mental health, and legal issues.”
- Community: “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.”
- If you happen to be near or living in Poughkeepsie, check out the following monthly events:
- The 2nd Thursday of every month at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 161 Mansion St., Poughkeepsie.
- The 3rd Thursday of every month at St. Mary’s Church, 106 Jackson St., Fishkill.
- The 1st Wednesday of every month at Immaculate Conception Church, 4 Lavelle Road, Amenia.
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: http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/
And Visit the RAAP website: http://www.ccedutchess.org/family-finance/parent-family/relatives-as-parents-program.php