Respite Care is an essential building block in foster care
Foster caregivers may not have the ability to care for the child they are fostering 24/7. Respite care is an overnight stay for a child at another licensed foster home. It is used to provide a break or assistance to caregivers who may not have a go-to person for overnight childcare. This type of care can be used in case of a family emergency, for a night out with their significant other, or simply as a short mental health break from caregiving. Respite care is another facet of support available to caregivers to ensure they are able to take care of themselves as well as the children.
Respite care is important to provide caregivers with a break or assistance. Some caregivers may not have a go-to person for overnight childcare. This is where a respite caregiver steps in to offer support and care for both the caregiver and the child. It benefits children to have consistent caregivers, like a favorite babysitter who is familiar with the child and allows them to feel safe.
An adult over 18 years old who is looking to provide short-term support to foster children and caregivers, or someone who has thought of becoming a caregiver but is not ready to commit long term is a good candidate for respite care. This type of foster care can be used as a one-time event or as an ongoing network of support for children with higher needs.
Interested in becoming a foster caregiver? Please contact Karla Matig at 330-544-8005 ext. 1414.
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To become a foster parent in the State of Ohio, you must have the following qualifications and abilities: