Respite is specialized care for children designed to give parents and other caregivers a break from the daily demands of caring for their children. The majority of those who receive respite are under 18 years of age, though East Bay Respite also cares for adults with developmental disabilities still living in the family home. Eligible families include: those who have children with 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. The San Francisco Respite/Child Care office also works with children who are mildly ill.
How can I use my respite time?
- Go out to dinner or a movie
- Spend time alone, with other members of your family, or with friends
- Sleep or rest
- Take a class
- Take care of personal needs (hair appointments, errands, etc….)
- Keep important medical or personal appointments
It is up to you to choose how to spend your respite time. The program is flexible in order to meet your needs.
“Respite care is my helping hand, it’s very much needed and appreciated. Thank you for all your support.”
The staff at Family Support Services screens and trains Respite Providers before they begin providing respite services. Pre-employment requirements include: reference checks, background clearance, TB testing, CPR/First Aid certification, and completion of our agencies required in-house training. We match providers based on their geographic preferences and skill level.