how can i copy a value from one cell to another in the same sheet

I have the above project plan setup

The FOCUS AREA is a dropdown value.

When i add children to a parent, i want the children to inherit the parents FOCUS AREA value.

i created a helper column to identify children and that childs parent value for focus area. How can i automate the copy over AND still allow the user to pick a value for the drop-down (for parent rows)?

When i put a formula in the FOCUS AREA column it over-rides the users ability to select a value. They still to do this for parent entries.

Any ideas?

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