Should you consider doing respite care?

Do you have an extra bedroom available and want to do something to help kids?  Believe it or not, foster care and adoption aren’t the only options available.  If you would prefer short term stays and want to meet lots of different kids, respite care may be the way to go. 

So what is respite care?  Put simply, it’s just giving parents or foster parents a break for a day or two (although some respite stays may go longer depending on the situation).  Foster parents send their foster kids to respite when they have special plans that aren’t child-friendly or when they go on vacation (especially if they go out-of-state since it can be hard to obtain permission to take foster kids with them).  Sometimes regular parents are also allowed to use respite, particularly if they have special needs kids…

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