Children’s Aid Society Offers Relatives as Parents Program

CLEARFIELD – Across the country, more and more grandparents and family members are serving as the primary caregiver for their grandchildren, nieces and nephews and siblings. In fact, more than 6 million children nationwide are living in a household headed by their grandparents or other relatives.

The “Relatives As Parents Program” (RAPP) of Children’s Aid Society provides support to local grandparents who are raising grandchildren and other relative caregivers. The program includes a monthly support group in which grandparents and other relative caregivers can share their struggles, setbacks and successes of parenting a second time around. In addition, it provides an opportunity to receive and provide support to and from families like theirs and to gather information about available community resources.

The support group meets at 6 p.m. on the third Monday of every month at Children’s Aid Society. Child care is available and a light dinner is provided.

Upcoming Support Group Topics include:

• Jan. 21 – Getting to Know You: Children’s Temperaments

• Feb. 18 – Stress Busters

• March 18 – Coffee & Conversation

• April 15 – Coping with Kids Who Drive Us Crazy

• May 20 – The Parenting Journey

• June 17 – RAPP Summer Picnic

For more information, contact Shannon at 814-765-2686 ext. 221 or rapp@childaid.org.

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