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AdoptUSKids Respite Program
Between 2006 and 2011, AdoptUSKids undertook a number of efforts to help communities to develop sustainable models of respite care for foster and adoptive parents. We made small grants and provide training and technical assistance to help parent support groups and associations — in partnership with local public agencies — to start or enhance respite care programs in their area.
As part of our respite program, we developed two publications about how parent support organizations and public agencies can partner to develop respite programs in their area.
- Creating and Sustaining Effective Respite Services: Lessons from the Field (PDF – 1MB) / En Español (PDF): This guide is intended to help States, Tribes, and parent support organizations understand the value of respite care in achieving improved outcomes for parents and youth, and build their capacity to sustain such programs after time-limited grants have ended.
- Taking a Break: Creating Foster, Adoptive, and Kinship Respite In your Community (PDF – 2MB) / En Español (PDF – 1.4 MB): This publication is a step-by-step manual for developing a respite program, including sample forms that groups can use in the day-to-day operation of their programs.
Learn more about the program grantees below.
Please note: AdoptUSKids no longer has funding for respite mini-grants.
Year-Two Respite Grantees
We awarded 20 mini-grants to foster, adoptive, and kinship parent groups and associations during the 2008-09 fiscal year.
Year-Three Respite Grantees
We awarded 33 mini-grants to foster, adoptive, and kinship parent groups and associations during the 2009-10 fiscal year.
Year-Four Respite Grantees
We awarded 34 mini-grants to foster, adoptive, and kinship parent groups and associations during the 2010-11 fiscal year.
Year-Five Respite Grantees
We awarded 28 mini-grants to foster, adoptive, and kinship parent groups and associations during the 2011-12 fiscal year.