Children’s Respite – Sidebar
The Children’s Respite Program at CVS is designed to support families who have a child with a disability. Respite is a family-to-family program where the child typically goes into the home of the caregiver to provide the family with a break from continuous care of their child. Respite visits generally happen over a weekend or on an overnight basis. However, a more flexible schedule can be designed to meet the needs of the family.Families interested in receiving respite should speak to their social worker for service inquiry. Families without a social worker can contact the Ministry of Child and Family Development (MCFD) to request an intake worker for their child.
Being a respite caregiver benefits the child, their family and your own family. The child gets to interact with others in the community and make new friends. Their family gets a much needed rest and time with other loved ones they may have at home. From your own family’s perspective, you get to make new friends with a child and have them be part of your own family activities and celebrations.
Watch the video below from a couple who welcomed a child into their home for respite care and learn more about what that experience has meant to them:
To learn more about becoming a Children’s Respite Caregiver, click here.