Respite Care


  • Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising Children: Respite Care
    This fact sheet from Generations United is intended to provide information about respite care, including the different types of respite that can be offered, and model programs that can be replicated. Through the NFCSP, Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs), receive funding to provide respite services to grandparents and other relatives raising children. If there is already an established respite program being administered by a local mental health agency, the AAA in that area may contract with that agency to provide services to these families with NFSCP funding. These types of collaborations are encouraged by AoA in order to maximize resources, decrease duplication of services, and increase communication between service systems. (2008)
  • Respite and Crisis Care
    This fact sheet from the FRIENDS National Resource Center for CBCAP defines respite and various respite program models, identifies who needs respite, and discusses the evidence supporting the program. (September 2007)
  • Strengthening Grandfamilies Through Respite Care
    This policy brief from the National Human Service's Assembly Family Strengthening Policy Center provides information on existing respite care systems and gaps, outlines promising practices, and suggests recommendations for federal and state policy makers and the human services community. (January 2007)
  • Respite Care Services for Families Who Adopt Children with Special Needs
    This report synthesizes information from the final program and evaluation reports of 8 of the 19 projects funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in its annual Adoption Opportunities discretionary grants programs in 1990, 1991, 1994, and 1995. The information presented was current at the time these reports were written between 1994 and 1999. Project descriptions, challenges and lessons learned, accomplishments, and recommendations are summarized. (2002)
  • Care for the Caregivers
    This article is from Children's Voice, published by the Child Welfare League of America. It discusses barriers to care, the need for a coordinated system of care, and next steps in achieving the goal of a responsive, workable system of respite care. It highlights respite care in Arizona, Michigan, and Florida. It also provides contact information for respite and crisis care organizations. (May/June 2002)

Resources from the States

  • Iowa: Resources on Planning for Respite Care
    These resources from the Iowa Foster and Adoptive Parents Association provide information around planning for respite care.

Making Arrangements for Foster Care Respite
This article from The Weekly Word provides information on respite care and reviews the appropriate steps to take when making plans for respite care. (2011)

Foster Care Respite Information Sheet
This information sheet is designed to be completed by foster parents accessing respite care. The form asks for information on the child’s gender and age, medications, dietary needs and allergies, special needs, medical and dental contact information, social worker information, bedtime schedule, and child’s schedule. A checklist is also provided to ensure the respite provider has all the necessary information and supplies needed to care for the child. (2011)

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  • Child Welfare Information Gateway: Respite Care Services
    This section of the Child Welfare Information Gateway website provides resources to assist you with locating community respite services, learning more about respite services for resource families and families at risk of child abuse and neglect or family disruption, and finding evaluations of respite programs. Resources include State and local examples.
  • ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center Web Site
    The mission of the ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center, a service of the Chapel Hill Training-Outreach Project, is to assist and promote the development of quality respite and crisis care programs; to help families locate respite and crisis care services in their communities; and to serve as a strong voice for respite in all forums.


Last updated 10/25/12