Relatives as Parents Program (RAPP)

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Darlene Sansone, Extension Educator

Darlene is an PennState Extension Educator based in Lawrence County, PA. She works in the Food, Families, and Health unit and provides community-based educational programs related to Family Strengths, Early Childhood, Parenting Education for custody, divorce and truancy, Strengthening Families, Better Kid Care, and the Relatives as Parents (RAPP) program.

Rozalia Horvath, Extension Educator

Rozalia is an Extension Educator in the PennState Extension Food, Families, and Health unit, based in Centre County, PA. She delivers community-based educational programs related to Type 2 diabetes, cooking, healthy lifestyle, cancer prevention, financial literacy for older adults, Alzheimer’s disease, and the Relatives as Parents (RAPP) program.

If you’re raising a grandchild or another relative’s child, you’re not alone. In Pennsylvania, over 250,000 children are living in homes where a relative is the head of the household. The Relatives as Parents program aims to expand supportive services available for PA relative caregivers and the children they are raising by helping them find needed information and resources, find and enroll in support groups that serve kinship care families, and engage in family-based recreational and relationship-enhancing activities.

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