RAPP offers fun for children, support for caregivers

Date: January 8, 2018 | Category: News

The Care Connection Relatives as Parents Program (RAPP) will sponsor sessions for children and their caregivers on the second and fourth Wednesdays afternoons at the Hickory County Library.
The RAPP sessions begin at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 10 and Jan. 24. 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, volunteers will help children play with Osmo, a game system for children that enhances learning for math, reading, art and problem solving. Their caregiving adults will have a simultaneous session where they can get support, vent, share and learn from others in a casual and relaxed setting during Relative RAPP.
Care Connection recently launched its RAPP program to help adults caring for their grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins or other relatives.
Future RAPP sessions will address topics such as child care, budgeting and the tax implications (or benefits) of caring for a relative child.
“We do not want older adults who are raising their relatives (grandchildren and others) to feel like they are alone,” said Melanie Foster, Care Connection Hickory County Care Manager. “Many grandparents find themselves struggling to find resources for raising a child, and we are here to help connect them to the information out there.”
A separate RAPP session on Feb. 3 will address the potential income tax benefits of becoming the primary caregiver to a grandchild or other relative. Alice Munns, a Hickory County volunteer for the Care Connection Tax Assistance Program, will explain to caregivers when and how they can take a tax deduction for caring for their grandchild or other relatives.
Many seniors do not regularly file an income tax return because they have not needed to do so. Having a dependent grandchild could change a senior’s financial and tax situation enough so that filing a return could result in a refund.
The RAPP tax session takes place at 10:30 a.m. Feb.7 at the McCarty Senior Center at 19482 U.S. Highway 54. It’s free and open to the public.
The RAPP project was made possible by an award from the Brookdale Foundation Group.