We love respite carers!
If every foster carer in the country had a trusted ‘go-to’ respite family to give them a regular break, we’d be well on our way to helping make long-term care sustainable.
Respite care is looking after a child on a regular basis for a weekend (or other agreed short time period) to give their care-giver a break. This kind of care suits many, particularly those unable to do full-time care, households with busy schedules or empty-nesters who can fulfil a grandparent role in the life of a child.
Respite carers are trained, assessed and approved through an agency just like every other form of out-of-home care. But don’t let that put you off. It is a small sacrifice of time and energy that will make a dramatic difference, not just to a foster child, but for a whole family.