Respite Foster Care
Respite care is a type of short-term placement where a child is placed with a foster family to provide a breather to the current family whether it is a birth family, adoption family, or foster family. Respite care can be a weekend or week long (or longer) break for parents and carers and the respite family can be part of a regular routine for the child in care.
All of Capstone’s foster carers are entitled to a 14 day “respite allowance” should they need it, so our need to recruit specialist respite carers is also important to us.
The reason for families needing respite from the parenting of a child is often because of the level of care the child needs. A child with disabilities or special educational needs, or a child who has been through trauma that resulted in aggression or lack of responsiveness may need a great deal of care and attention regardless of their age. A short-term change in routine allows both the carers and the children to have a rest. The carers can recharge their energy without too much disruption for the child.
Depending upon the experience you have as a foster carer, you may find respite care more, or less demanding than other types of foster care. If this is the only type of foster care with which you are involved, you will also have your own breaks between placements and you know when those breaks take place. As a respite carer you can work out your own schedule that fits around respite care placements.
Foster carers who specialise in respite care can arrange their lives so that they are available at preset times such as weekends to accommodate regular respite care sessions. While it is easier to plan your time around placements in respite care, the demands of looking after a child with special needs can be quite intense. Whether the child needs attention for physical needs or for emotional needs, the foster carer must be available to attend to these needs at all times.
The benefit of respite care where the same fostering family provides the break each time is that it is less distressing for a child who may find change upsetting. Less time is spent during the change with the logistics of the transition and more time is spent welcoming the child back into the respite foster home for a short visit.
Capstone Foster Care is always interested in finding people who are interested in providing respite care. The local council always has need of a parent or parents who are willing and able to adopt the respite care lifestyle. There are always young people who need a good home and a caring system. The foster carer training & support you need is available and Capstone Foster Care is always able to help you with any special service you need. It is never too late to make a difference in a child’s life.See more articles…