Become A Respite Care Parent

Why Should I Become a Respite Parent?

Are you interested in helping a child in need, but not sure you can devote yourself full-time to foster care parenting?  All families need breaks.  A Respite Parent provides periodic weekend or short-term care to foster youth being served full time by another BCC TFC family.

What Types of Kids do Respite Parents Take Care Of?

  • Males and females between the ages of 8 and 18.
  • Respite parents typically take one youth at a time.

Requirements to be a Respite Parent

The certification requirements for Respite Parents follow the same protocols as required for BCC’s full time Treatment Foster Care parents … without the full time commitment!

  • Single or married, and at least 25 years old.
  • Live in a home that passes health and fire safety inspections and has room available for at least one youth.
  • Clear state, federal, child protective services and driving record background checks.
  • Financially stable beyond a foster care stipend.
  • Provide proof of recent physical exam, including a TB test and drug screening.
  • Complete 30 hours of pre-service training, and 24 hours of annual in-service training thereafter.

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BCC welcomes Treatment Foster Care parents to apply regardless of their personal religious preferences. Read more about Spiritual Life programing and BCC’s affiliation with the Untied Methodist Church.

Support for Respite Parents

Why BCC TFCRespite Parents receive the same supports offered to the TFC parents:

  • A BCC social worker helps manage the child’s medical/educational needs as well as locating recreational and extracurricular resources.
  • A BCC social worker is your child’s therapist, providing weekly individual and family therapy.
  • The social worker helps create if needed, a behavior management plan. The social worker will also help with “bumps in the road” so you and the child you care for can overcome obstacles and strengthen your relationship.
  • 24-hour crisis “on-call” support with a BCC social worker to answer questions, problem-solve and de-stress as needed.
  • The “Family Support Team” values and respects your opinion and hard work. The child’s best interests will be vetted by your social worker, DSS workers, attorneys, CASA volunteers, birth family, educators and very importantly — you, the respite parents.

Other Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: How long are respite breaks?

A: Breaks range from a few hours to a few days. You’ll know well in advance when you’re needed and for how long.

Q: What training will I receive?

A: The coaching, guidance and ongoing training throughout your time as a respite parent includes extensive orientation, mentorship, and ongoing training sessions.

Q: Is it OK if other children are living with me?

A: Yes. Everyone in your home over 18 years of age must pass the same background check.

Q: Can I be a Respite Parent if I rent?

A: Yes. You must have a spare bedroom dedicated to Respite Care.


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Please call or email me. I would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

James Ravenel
Treatment Foster Care Coordinator
T: (410) 922-2100 x 5263
F: (410) 496-5620