Are you the parent or caregiver of a child who requires special care?
Respite/Child Care is specialized care for children and is designed to give parents and other caregivers a break from the daily demands of caring for their children, many of whom have special needs. These may include children who: have a developmental disability, are medically fragile, are substance exposed, are abused or neglected (or at-risk for abuse or neglect), are challenged by other special needs, or are mildly ill.
Our Respite/Child Care Program was designed to meet a range of special needs. The purpose of respite is to provide occasional child care breaks to families in order to relieve some of the stress and responsibility that full-time care-giving brings. It is up to you to determine how you use your respite time.
Respite can be used to:
- Keep important personal or medical appointments
- Spend time alone, or with friends or family members
- Get some rest!
- Go away for an evening or weekend
- Fill in as child care on a temporary basis
The Respite/Child Care Program at Family Support Services has two separate branches: