To take good care of a child in foster care, you also need to take care of yourself!
If you need respite care for any reason, whether because you are sick, going on vacation or simply need a break, please contact your support specialist right away and he or she will help find respite for you. (Or, if you already know another foster family who can provide your respite, you can contact them directly.) Your support specialist can also give you a list of possible respite providers if you'd like to have it available for future needs. You always need to have the child’s placing worker give approval prior to the child going to a respite home.
If you are a foster family who wants to provide respite care, please remember you must be in good standing and have the capacity to take the child. Your Iowa KidsNet support specialist can answer any questions you may have regarding this process.
We all know that foster parenting, while rewarding, is a demanding job. If you feel that it’s getting hard to keep a placement in your home, please seek respite care. We want to do all we can to help your family succeed!
Respite care is also available for adoptive parents for their subsidized adoptive children.
To learn more, visit IFAPA here.