The staff at Family Support Services screen and train respite care providers before they can provide service. Pre-employment requirements include: references, background clearance, TB testing, CPR/First Aid certification, and completion of our Agency's required in-house training.

The majority of those who receive respite are under 18 years of age, though we also care for adults with developmental disabilities still living in the home. We try to match providers based on their geographic preferences.  

Participant Criteria: Who Can receive Respite/Child Care?
County dependent children from birth up to (but not after) their 5th birthday who were prenatally exposed to drugs. Parent must have completed CARI/Heritage training. Referral required by Alameda/Contra Costa County Social Services.
Alameda County Licensed Resource/Foster Parents:
Alameda County dependent children from birth to 18 years of age. Referral required by Alameda County.
Regional Center of the East Bay (RCEB):
Families who have a child with a developmental disability who is a consumer of the regional center live in Alameda or Contra Costa County. Referral required from RCEB.
Area Agency on Aging (AAA):
Full time relative/fictive kin caregivers over the age of 60 taking care of kin children who live in Alameda County.
Department of Public Health (DPH):
Any HIV+ affected and/or infected families for children from birth to 12 years of age who live in Alameda County.
For more information, or to make a referral:
Call the Respite Program Office at (510) 834-4766.



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