Plainfield Area YMCA, 518 Watchung Ave, Plainfield, NJ 07060, 908-756-6060

R.A.P- Foster Care Program

The Raising Amazing People program, better known as R.A.P, is one of Plainfield Area YMCAs many distinguished programs. R.A.P began in 1987 as a response to the enormous need for stable, safe, and loving homes for children involved in the DYFS system due to abuse and neglect cases. R.A.P is the only foster care program offered at a YMCA in New Jersey!

Although the faces have changed, the R.A.P mission remains the same...If you have space in your home & love in your heart we have an amazing opportunity for you

Become a R.A.P Foster or Foster Adopt Family!

Make a commitment to a child!

Come learn about the R.A.P Foster Care Program,

including the requirements & benefits of becoming a

foster or foster/adoptive parent by attending a

“Making a Difference” Information Session on

August 17 or November 16

from 5:30 PM—6:30 PM.
For more information & to RSVP to a session
Please Contact Damaris Feliciano at 908-756-6060

Foster parents can provide short or long term care, respite care or create relationships that will last a lifetime!

Foster Parents come in different shapes, sizes, colors and backgrounds!  

What is a Resource Family?

Resource families are families who provide a stable, safe and loving environment for a child when his/her family is unable to do so. A resource family may be a relative, a foster family, or an adoptive family.

What are the Requirements for Becoming a Foster Parent/Family?

  • Caregiver must be at least 21 years old
  • Have bedroom space for the child
  • Complete 27 Hours of Pre-Service Training
  • Provide references from: 3 personal friends/neighbors & current employer
  • Provide medical reports for all  household members                                                               
  • Complete federal, state, and local police checks, (including fingerprinting) for all household members 18 years or older
  • All household members must participate in interviews with a YMCA R.A.P representative

 For more information or to meet with R.A.P Staff, please contact

Damaris Feliciano ext #104 or Stacy Reh ext #102

at (908) 756-6060.