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University of Maine Center on Aging and The Brookdale Foundation

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This manual is designed to provide both new and established Relatives as Parents Programs (RAPPs) with ideas on how to best serve rural grandfamilies. Much of the information contained in this manual is the result of a year-long research effort conducted by the University of Maine Center on Aging with funding from the Brookdale Foundation. Details on the sources of information tapped for this manual are outlined below. An online survey was administered to practitioners and professionals currently working with relative caregivers to learn more about the practical strategies and approaches used in developing and carrying out RAPP programming in rural areas. Participating service providers were asked about the unique needs of their rural clients and barriers that rural clients may face in accessing services. Survey participants were also asked to highlight strategies that they have used to help meet the needs of their clients and assess the effectiveness of those strategies. Forty-eight professionals from across the U.S. participated in this survey. Interviews were then conducted with experts in the field of relative caregiving to compliment the online survey efforts. The Center on Aging carried out a literature review looking for practical tips and trends in program development that could be shared via this manual. We also included pertinent demographic and statistical information that programs can share with community members and funding sources highlighting the characteristics and prevalence of kinship families.

The result of this effort is a collaborative and comprehensive manual showcasing many of the promising practices in use across the country


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