Brookdale Foundation: Relatives as Parents Program – Local Initiative
The Brookdale Foundation Relatives as Parents Program (RAPP) aims to develop or expand services for grandparents or other relatives who have taken on the responsibility of surrogate parenting when the biological parents are unable to do so.
Goals of the RAPP program include:
- Supportive services to relative caregivers and the children they are raising, with emphasis on relative caregiving families that are not in the formal foster care system
- Start new or expand current services in response to caregiver and family needs
- Services and assistance to relative caregivers and the children in their care must include regular ongoing support, educational or social groups, and at least two of the following: benefits and legal guidance; educational seminars; individual and/or family counseling; health care services; childcare; housing assistance; children’s services; group recreational activities; transportation assistance; services to special populations; services with local schools; other programmatic initiatives; and mental health services
- Establish collaboration with community organizations and other service systems such as family services, child care, aging, education, legal, health care, mental health, and extension services
- Initiate programs that have assurance of continuity beyond the two-year grant period
- Create replicable models of cost-effective, quality services across the region
Amount: Up to 15 programs will be selected to receive a seed grant of $15,000 over a two-year period ($10,000 in year one and $5,000 in year two), contingent on progress made during year one and potential for continuity in the future. Ongoing technical assistance will also be provided.
Eligibility: The sponsoring organization must have a 501(c)(3) or equivalent tax-exempt status.
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