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Respite Services

Help for Caregivers

Respite care is short-term care that allows parents/families of children with behavioral health issues to take a break from the daily routine and stress of caregiving. Two respite care options are available for city residents with children between the ages of 6 and 15:

  • Boys and Girls Clubs: Parents can bring their child to one of five Boys and Girls Clubs located throughout the city for up to five hours each Saturday. The staff at each Club are licensed and trained. Children receive lunch and snacks and have access to a variety of recreational activities.
  • Foster Family Care: Parents can use licensed and trained respite foster parents homes from two agencies (Wordsworth and Silver Springs). Caregivers are trained, licensed and have state-required child serving clearances. Children can stay in a home from one full day up to 48 hours over the course of a weekend. The children must have a mental health diagnosis and be receiving DBHIDS services at the time they are registered.