We all need a break from time to time. Families and children need time apart. It is important for children to have the opportunity to spend time with other significant adults in their life - grandparents, aunts and uncles, family friends, childhood friends, birth family, etc. Respite care provides a great opportunity to strengthen these family bonds!
Ideally, respite should be a time for parents to recharge and children to have fun! Finding appropriate respite care can be challenging. Rest assured, some of the best “providers” are already within your support network! These informal respite supports could be family, friends, other adoptive parents or members of your church congregation or other community groups. More formal options are sometimes necessary. These services may be available through foster care agencies, local recreation centers or special needs service providers. In this section, you will find information on identifying informal respite along with a list of more formal respite options.
A solid respite plan is the cornerstone of a successful respite experience. Plans can be as simple as looking at ways to approach family and friends about being respite providers or as difficult as finding formal respite with people unknown to the family.
Right Turn® can help make your respite a fun and rejuvenating experience for both you and your child. We can connect you to respite options and provide information about financial assistance that may be available.
To create your respite plan, call us at 888-667-2399.
Looking to connect with other adoptive families?
Check out our Facebook support group: Right Turn Adoption Support Network