Respite foster care involves looking after a child or children for planned overnight care in your own home.
The children are primary school aged or younger. Respite care supports parents or grandparents to continue to care for children by giving them some time and space for themselves.
What the children need
The children need carer families who can care for them for short periods of time. This can allow them to have a break from their parents who may be struggling personal issues or health worries.
In addition to the general qualities and experience needed for carers, you need to be available for several periods of planned respite each month and consider some school holiday support.
Respite is an invaluable service. Many of the families who receive respite care would struggle to cope without it. Greta’s mother wrote to tell us how much respite has meant to their family.