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Relatives as Parents Program

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Brookdale Foundation
Jun 10, 2020

Melinda Perez-Porter


The Relatives as Parents Program (RAPP) provides grants to support the creation or expansion of healthcare, mental health services, and other supportive services for grandparents and other relatives who have taken on the responsibility of surrogate parenting due to the absence of the parents.

Funded programs must offer 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. Services and assistance must include at least 2 of the following:

  • Healthcare services
  • Mental health services
  • Individual and/or family counseling
  • Childcare
  • Transportation assistance
  • Housing assistance
  • Benefits and legal guidance
  • Children's services and/or services with schools
  • Services to special populations
  • Educational seminars
  • Group recreational activities

The applicant must have a 501(c)(3) or equivalent tax-exempt status or be a state agency.

Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

The award amount is $10,000 in year one, renewable for $5,000 in the second year, based on evaluation of the first year's activities and potential for future continuity of the program. Up to 15 awards will be made.

Application process

A link to application guidelines is available on the program website.

Completed applications may be submitted by:

The Brookdale Foundation Group
300 Frank W. Burr Blvd., Suite 13
Teaneck, NJ 07666


Tagged as
Behavioral health · Child care · Child welfare · Children and youth · Families · Healthcare needs and services · Housing and homelessness · Mental health · Schools · Transportation

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