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Respite Program

A respite resource for caregivers with children and youth aged 5 to 18 living with special needs.

Key Message:

We believe that children and families thrive best in a strengths-based environment. Families are at the centre of services and supports are collaborative, culturally sensitive, individualized and flexible. We are trauma-informed and attachment based.

What we do:

Children referred to the Respite Program are diagnosed with autism and complex developmental and behavioural conditions. Families receive respite in the homes of skilled caregivers who have been recruited and trained. Services most often operate from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon.

When need is identified, childcare counsellors are assigned to take children out into the community to offer the respite caregivers a break or to help families who require extra support and where the child may not fit the weekend respite model.

    You can expect:

    • Respite caregivers who are vetted through the ‘SAFE’ home study process.
    • To do some self care and offer extra attention to other children in your home.
    • Nurturing care for your child during respite.
    • Your child to be involved in new experiences and build on the skills they have.
    • For respite caregivers to work closely with you and other professionals involved with your child’s well-being, i.e. behavioural consultant, OT, school.

      Contact us

      Referrals are accepted from the Ministry of Children and Family Development, Child and Youth with Special Needs Team.

      Referral form

      (Please download the PDF form in order to fill it out)

      Angie Casoria
      #1000 (10th Floor), 13737 96th Avenue, Surrey, BC V3V 0C6
      Tel: (604) 434 9101

      angie.casoria@childrens-foundation.org

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