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Sunrise - Child Placement Agency

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What is Respite?

Respite is defined as a temporary relief or break away from a stressful situation  Respite is an important family preservation and family support services.  It provides short term relief to a child's primary caregivers.  There caregivers can become overwhelmed and exhausted as a result of the continuous time, effort and energy it requires to provide for a child with special mental health care needs.

Benefits of Respite Care

  • Respite provides a break for the child and their family
  • Respite keeps the child in the home while reducing the risk of out of home placement
  • respite provides structure to the child and creates increased family stability

When is Respite Necessary?

  • When a family needs an occasional break from the 24/7 day a week responsibilities of care giving
  • When the demands of caring for a child or youth with special mental health needs are too great or complex for a regular babysitter
  • When a family needs the opportunity to get refreshed so they are better able to cope with complex responsibilities

What Does A Respite Day Look Like?

  • It is not necessary to plan "special" outing or activities
  • Include the child in your family routine
  • Give medications as prescribed
  • Complete progress notes for each time the child is in your care

What Are The Requirements To Become A Respite Provider?

  • Must be 21 years old
  • Willing to provide the necessary home environment
  • Complete required training
    • Mandt - offered at HMHC
    • First Aid and CPR
    • Online Medication Course
    • PS MAPP - offered at HMHC
  • Pass a home licensing inspection through DCF

Is There Reimbursement For Providing Respite Care?

  • Respite providers are compensated $65/day
  • The satisfaction of knowing you have made a difference in the life of a child and their family

If you are interested in learning more about providing Respite Care, please contact Meghann Sterling at 620-663-7595.