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Respite Care for Resource Families
Respite care can be a good option when parents need a break from the daily stresses of parenting or have obligations that may prevent them from including their child. The following resources provide information about respite services for resource families.
Taking a Break: Creating Foster, Adoptive and Kinship Respite in Your Community (PDF - 1413 KB)
North American Council on Adoptable Children, National Foster Parent Association, & AdoptUsKids (2008)
Helps parent group leaders partner with public agencies to develop respite care programs in their communities and includes step-by-step guidelines and sample forms.
ABCs of Respite: A Consumer Guide for Family Caregivers (PDF - 291 KB)
ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center (2012)
Provides a detailed overview of respite care, including types of respite, guidance on choosing a respite program or provider, and information about locating and paying for respite services.
Making Arrangements for Foster Care Respite (PDF - 403 KB)
Iowa Foster and Adoptive Parents Association (2011)
Reviews steps foster and adoptive parents can take when making plans for respite care.
National Respite Locator Service
ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center
Supplies a database of respite services and providers for those looking for care for children with special needs.
Respite and Crisis Care (PDF - 101 KB)
FRIENDS National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (2007)
Describes the components and benefits of respite programs, characteristics of families that need respite services, and research on the effectiveness of respite programs in reducing the incidence of child maltreatment.
National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections
Provides a collection of respite care resources.
Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising Children: Respite Care: Fact Sheet (PDF - 130 KB)
Generations United (2007)
Provides information on types of respite care, local strategies for providing respite care to relatives raising children, and model programs to replicate.
Strengthening Grandfamilies Through Respite Care (PDF - 317 KB)
Family Strengthening Policy Center (2007)
Reviews promising practices for using respite care as a family-strengthening strategy for grandparents raising grandchildren. This policy brief also makes Federal, State, and local policy recommendations to advance the availability and accessibility of respite care.
Therapeutic Respite: What? Where? How?
CRC Health Group (2006)
Describes the use of respite as a structured, therapeutic intervention that can be tailored to children based on their diagnosis and treatment needs. Therapeutic respite can also provide a break for parents and foster parents.