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Reaching out to troubled youth and helping families.

What is a Respite Provider?

Respite Providers are members from our community that are interested in providing a short-term rest or break in their home to a child being served in The Child and Family Respite program. There are three different types of respite: Day, Overnight and Crisis.

Respite Parents provide a much needed break to at-risk youth and the families caring for them. Respite is an opportunity for each child to relax and enjoy another family’s healthy home life. The child can learn and grow to feel safe with the help of the respite family. It also provides relief to the family caring for the child on a day-to-day basis.

Who Can Become a Respite Parent?

You can apply to become a Respite Parent if you...

  • are 21 years of age or older in good health

  • are married or single

  • are willing and able to care for an at-risk youth in your home for short periods of time

  • have some time to give and a spare bedroom (spare bedroom required for Overnight)

  • are able to communicate and work with program staff around the needs of the children in care

  • care about children/youth and believe that all children deserve unconditional love and attention as well as firm, safe and reasonable limits

  • would like to be a resource to a child with special emotional, behavioral and/or medical needs

  • would like to make a personal difference in a troubled child’s life

  • want to help build positive connections and help develop the coping skills of a child who is experiencing a significant amount of difficulty within his/her life and family

  • want to help your community

  • The Child & Family Respite Program provides a non-taxable stipend of:
      $13 per hour for up to 6 hours for Day Respite Providers
      $78 per day per child for Overnight Respite Providers
      $90 per day per child for Crisis Respite Providers
      30 hours of Parent Skills Training
      On-going support and guidance from program staff
      24-hour on-call crisis service

    Respite Parents work under which Programs?

    In serving at-risk youth and their families in our community (Clinton County in NYS), Respite Parents work through BHSN's Home & Community-Based Services Waiver Program (HCBS) and the Child & Family Respite Services Program (CFRS).

    For more information contact: Sara W. Munson at 518-561-8815 or email her at

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