Relatives As Parents


Relatives As Parents exists to strengthen the safety net of resources and support for local children being raised by a relative.      

Who We Are

Relatives As Parents (RAP) is a group of people who are pasionate about families that are raising relative children. We stay educated and informaed about important legistaltion that affects our families, and we desire to build a community of families that share resources, information, knowledge, and suport one another as we raise our chidlren. 

RAP can help people connect with and navigate through the following resources and services: 

  • Legal
  • Emergency Assistance
  • Child Services
  • Transportation
  • Early Childhood Programs
  • Disabilities
  • Youth Activities and Service
  • Support Groups
  • Child Care
  • Food
  • Healthcare

...and more

When and Why We Meet

The Relatives As Parents (RAP) group meets the second Thursday of each month at Noon at the Jewett House, 1501 E. Lakeshore Dr. in Coeur d'Alene. We started meeting to have a place for parents raising relative children to get some help and know they are not alone. A light lunch is served and guest speakers share valuable information on applicable topics. Childcare is also provided. 

Relatives as Parents Newsletter

This powerful communication tool is packed full of information and is available to you at no charge. Email us at and request to receive the newletter via email or standard mail. Click here for the current RAP Newletter.

Find Us On Facebook!

Relatives As Parents is on Facebook and we would love for you to join our community! We share updates about RAP support group meetings, speakers and trainings in our community that can benefit relative families, our monthly newsletter, community events for kids and families, and other important resources! Check out our page here and click 'Like"! 

Our Goals

  • Develop community support for kin caregivers of children
  • Develop a community network of resources
  • Develop a community outreach for kin caregivers and children
  • Provide education and information
  • Advocate for supportive legislation that will empower kin care providers
  • Sustain the Kootenai County KinCare Committee for the purpose of achieving these goals

What We Do

  • Monthly Newsletter full of resources, information, and activities for relative families. 
  • Monthly Support Group, 2nd Thursday of every month at Noon at the Jewett House (lunch and childcare provided) 
  • Annual Tea Party Fundraiser
  • Annual Summer Family Picnic in the Park
  • Annual Christmas Party



Phone: 208.659.8210