Relatives as Parents Program (RAPP)

Note: The RAPP program was not responsive to the CEBC's inquiry. The following information was obtained from publicly available sources.

Scientific Rating:
Not able to be Rated
See scale of 1-5
Child Welfare System Relevance Level:
See descriptions of 3 levels

About This Program

Relatives as Parents Program (RAPP) has been reviewed by the CEBC in the area of: Kinship Caregiver Support Programs, but lacks the necessary research evidence to be given a Scientific Rating.

Target Population: Relative caregivers caring for children outside the foster care system

For organizations that serve children ages: 0 – 17

Brief Description

RAPP is designed to encourage and promote the creation or expansion of services for grandparents and other relatives who have taken on the responsibility of surrogate parenting due to the absence of the parents. RAPP provides services primarily to relative caregivers caring for children outside the foster care system. The Brookdale Foundation conducts the National Orientation and Training Conference to facilitate opportunities for training, networking, and information exchange and provides technical assistance to the RAPP Network through listservs, site bulletins, conference calls, web chats, and an annual newsletter.

Education and Training Resources

Publicly available information indicates there is a manual that describes how to implement this program, and there is some training available for this program.
See contact info below.

Training Contact:
  • Melinda Perez-Porter, Director

Relevant Published, Peer-Reviewed Research

This program has been reviewed and it was determined that this program lacks the type of published, peer-reviewed research that meets the CEBC criteria for a scientific rating of 1 – 5. Therefore, the program has been given the classification of "NR - Not able to be Rated." It was reviewed because it was identified by the topic expert as a program being used in the field, or it is being marketed and/or used in California with children receiving services from child welfare or related systems and their parents/caregivers. Some programs that are not rated may have published, peer-reviewed research that does not meet the above stated criteria or may have eligible studies that have not yet been published in the peer-reviewed literature. For more information on the "NR - Not able to be Rated" classification, please see the Scientific Rating Scale.

Child Welfare Outcomes: Not Specified

Currently, there are no published, peer-reviewed research studies for Relatives as Parents Program (RAPP).


No reference materials are currently available for Relatives as Parents Program (RAPP).

Contact Information

Name: Melinda Perez-Porter
Title: Director

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: January 2017

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: May 2017