RAPP offers fun for children, support for caregivers in Hickory County

Date: February 6, 2018 | Category: News

The Care Connection Relatives as Parents Program (RAPP) has three events scheduled for caregivers and children during February.
The first, “Taxes, Taxes, Taxes,” will be presented to caregivers at 10:30 a.m. TOMORROW, Feb. 7, at the McCarty Senior Center at 19492 U.S. Highway 54 in Wheatland.
Alice Munns, a Hickory County volunteer for the Care Connection Tax Assistance Program, will tell caregivers when and how they may take a tax deduction for caring for their grandchild or other relative children. The program is free and open to the public.
Care Connection’s RAPP also will have sessions for children and their caregivers on Feb. 14 and Feb. 28 at the Hickory County Library.
The RAPP sessions begin at 3:30 p.m. at the library, 18376 New Hermitage Drive in Hermitage. The programs are free and open to children preschool to elementary age and the relatives who care for them.
During the Kids RAPP session, children will be supervised as they play with Osmo, a game system for children that enhances learning for math, reading, art and problem solving. Their caregiving adults will have a separate session to vent, share and learn from others in a casual and relaxed setting during Relative RAPP.
Care Connection recently began its RAPP program to help adults caring for their grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins or other relatives.
Melanie Foster, Care Connection Hickory County Care Manager, operates the program. She can be reached at 417-282-6100 on Wednesdays and Thursdays or 417-646-8292 Mondays and Fridays.
The RAPP project was funded by an award from the Brookdale Foundation Group.