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Relatives Acting As Parents Hold Support Meeting in Richland

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RICHLAND, Wash.--RAPP stands for Relatives As Parents Program.

It was formed in 2000 by Ann Philip, a Kennewick widow whose daughter fell into drug addiction.

For 10 years, she's been caring for her grandson.

On Thursday night, many grandparents and relatives like Philip discussed their unique situation at Cathedral of Joy church in Richland.

Family members say it's an emotional and costly transition to become parents all over again though it's a role they embrace.

For many, lack of government funding is an issue.

Others want to avoid the system entirely.

"They're afraid that once the child gets into the system, they'll never see them again," mentions Connie Wormington, RAPP president. Or it will cost them to the tune of $25-50,000 to get their children back, which has happened in this room."

Wormington says RAPP has more meetings and events scheduled in 2008.

To find out more on how to get involved or to simply donate, contact Connie Wormington.

Her phone number is (509) 735-4556.

To learn more about services and resources offered to caregivers, call Mary Pleger (800) 246-2962) with Catholic Family & Child Services in Yakima, Washington.