Please consider attending our monthly meeting. The children are more than welcome to attend as well. We have child care specialists available, providing meaningful activities.
At our meeting, the children are taken to an activity room which is just down the hall from their relatives. For the next hour, relatives have the opportunity to hear various professionals share information that can help meet needs they may have.
Relative caregivers range in age from 30 to 80 or older, and are from all walks of life and all cultural and economic groups. Many of the relatives are overwhelmed with the situations they face. Many are totally unprepared to deal with the problems facing parents and children of the new millennium.
Mid-life and older relative caregivers have many concerns related to the care and responsibility of raising young people. These concerns include: legal issues (custody, guardianship, foster care and adoption); resources for developmental needs of a child (especially if the child has special needs); and financial assistance that can help them meet the expenses of adding a young person(s) to the household. Coping with these concerns can take a toll on the relative’s health. Signs of depression and anxiety are common among relatives as parents.
For the time and date of the RAP support Group meetings, please contact the Boone County Council on Aging at 815-544-9893.