Our respite families are those families that are willing to open up their heart and home to a child or children for a short period of time to give either the placing family or host family some much needed time to recharge.
you describe yourself as loving, caring, power-under, hospitable, stable, non-judgemental, and gifted with a desire to learn.
an understanding that you are not the parent or guardian of the child/children placed in your care
a completed application
a complete and clean background check
completed core training with The Family Connection as well as ongoing education.
a valid driver's license and reliable vehicle
at least 25 years old
room in your life (both emotionally and physically) to care for these families.
I'm in...now what?
Check out the Q&A section below to learn more about being a respite family and email Joy at for additional info.
Q&A Respite Family
What does The Family Connection do?
At The Family Connection, we are driven by a single goal; to help provide the support and safety net that struggling families need to stay together. We are unable to reach our goal without the help of dedicated volunteers willing to open up their life, home, and minds in order to serve our placing families where and when they need it the most.
What is a respite family?
Many of the placing families that we work with need a safe and loving home for their children for a specific amount of time due to many reasons (incarceration, financial burden, relationship troubles, etc.). Our respite families open up their home to a child/children from a placing family or a host family in order to provide a safe, loving homes for a short amount of time to allow host families or placing families a chance to recharge. After all, no matter who we are, we always need a break! It’s important that the child/children always know that they are loved and valued by both their placing family, host family, and respite family, even if their stay with you is short.
What are the requirements of a respite family?
A few words that would describe our volunteers would be loving, caring, power-under, hospitable, stable, non-judgmental, and someone with a desire to learn. Understanding that you are not the parents of the child/children in your care and that they do have loving families that are working to improve their situation is very important to The Family Connection. We never want our placing families to met with judgement. We ask that respite families recognize that we have a social worker that works directly with placing families. Your job is to love!
We do ask that our respite families be at least 25 years of age and have a steady job or income in order to provide stability to the child/children in their care, and a reliable vehicle with a valid driver's license. We do also require a family that has room in their life (both emotionally and physically) to care for the child/children.
How are volunteers supported while involved with The Family Connection?
At The Family Connection, we realize that many of our volunteer have never hosted child/children in their home before and we appreciate their willingness to learn. We never place a child/children in your care and disappear. You will have regular visits with our social worker and team at The Family Connection and receive ongoing training opportunities. We are here 24/7 to answer any questions or concerns and never want our volunteers to feel that they are in this alone! We are all part of the same team with the same goals.
I want to be involved as a respite family, what now?
We do require respite families to undergo a vetting process. This process includes an application, letters of referral, background checks, finger printing, home study, and training. If you are ready to get some additional information or start the application process, reach out to us via email by clicking here.