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Caregiver and Respite Support

Caregiver and Respite Support
Many caregivers experience feelings of isolation, frustration, resentment, and anxiety about the future. Many caregivers describe the experience of caregiving as a lonely road. Wouldn’t it be nice to at least have a road map? Wouldn’t it be nice to know that you aren’t traveling on this road alone, but with 40 million other Americans?

Idaho Relatives as Parents (IRAP)

Idaho Relatives As Parents (IRAP) is is a community of grandparents and other family members who are raising a relative’s child. These arrangements are called kinship care placements and may be made formally through a social service agency, but are more frequently arranged without formal intervention, usually occurring when family members voluntarily take the children into their homes to keep them safe in times of family crisis. This arrangement can be challenging from legal, financial, and emotional standpoints. If you are one of the 10,000 kinship care providers in Idaho, you are not alone and there is support available for you in the community. Please view the following videos.

Relatives As Parents, Inc. (RAP)
Relatives As Parents, Inc. is a 501(C)3 Non Profit Organization that exists to strengthen the safety net resources and support for Idaho children being raised by a relative.

2017 Grandfacts Idaho
Fact and Resource Sheet for Idaho Relatives as Parents

AARP, The Brookdale Foundation Group, Casey Family Programs, Child Welfare League of America, Children's Defense Fund, and Generations United have partnered to produce state and national GrandFacts fact sheets for grandparents and other relatives raising children. The state fact sheets include state-specific data and programs as well as information about foster care, public benefits, educational assistance and state laws. Visit to find this and all GrandFacts state fact sheets.

An Introduction to Idaho Relatives as Parents:

Idaho Department of Health and Welfare's position on kinship care in Idaho:

Community Resources for Idaho Relatives as Parents
Information about financial assistance, health and dental insurance, early childhood education, intervention services for developmentally and physically disabled children, and food assistance programs.

Legal Resources
Information about custodial arrangements, legal actions, legal forms, and legal services.

Statewide IRAP support groups
Information about local support groups.

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