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Relatives as Parents Program for people caring for related children


Clearfield, PA – Do you find yourself taking care of a child you’re related to, but who is not your own son or daughter?

There is a support group of people who know our situation and how tough it can be sometimes.

It’s called the Relatives as Parents Program (RAPP), and they meet at Children’s Aid Society in Clearfield on the third Monday of each month, 6 to 8 p.m.

Light dinner is provided, and child care is available. Join virtually or in person.

The next meeting will be July 20.

Click Here to learn more at the Children’s Aid Society website.

Listen to the interview with Shannon Kelly from the Children’s Aid Society.


From the Children’s Aid Society RAPP page:

Relatives As Parents Program

The Relatives as Parents Program (RAPP) assists grandparents and other relatives who have taken on the role of primary caregiver for related children. RAPP offers a wide range of services, including a support group for adults that offers a social network of grandparents and relatives and referral and access to appropriate community based services and resources.

Are You?

  • A grandparent raising grandchildren?
  • An aunt or uncle raising nieces or nephews?
  • A sibling raising a brother or sister?
  • A cousin raising your cousin’s children?
  • Raising children of a family member in jail?
  • Raising a child under 18 not born to you?

If you answered YES, then we are here to help!

Support Group

RAPP is a place to come together with other grandparents and relative care providers to share the struggles, setbacks and successes of parenting a second time around. Since the group consists of people from similar situations, members receive and provide support to one another. They also discover tips for coping with changing family dynamics. In addition, they gather information information about available community resources. Most importantly, they find ways to negotiate with outside service systems.

The groups meet once a month at Children’s Aid Society in Clearfield. Each meeting  includes a free light dinner and free child care

Why Is It Important?

One out of every 12 children lives in  household headed by a relative other than a parent. As a result, grandparents or relatives are raising approximately six million children nationwide. Grandparent-headed households are the fastest growing type of family in the United States.

Additionally, substance abuse, divorce, parental incarceration, or other similar circumstances cause these special families to come together. Therefore, a significant number of grandparents and relatives have informal custody and do not know how this will affect their ability to care for and make decisions on behalf of the children in their care.