We all need a break from time to time. Parenting can be hard and sometimes both parents and children need a break. It is important for children to have an 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, but some of the best “providers” are already in your support network. They could be family, friends, other adoptive parents, members of your church congregation, or other community groups. There are times when more formal options are necessary. Should that be the case, there may be services available through foster care agencies, local recreation centers or special needs service providers.
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.
Are you looking to connect with other adoptive families? Check out our Facebook Support Group.
In this section, you will find information on identifying informal respite along with a list of more formal respite options.
To create your respite plan or, if you have additional needs or questions please call Right Turn at 888.667.2399.