is planned (or unplanned) care provided to a child with complex/special needs in order to provide temporary relief to or a short break for family caregivers who are caring that that child.
Guiding Principals of Respite
Caregivers will feel supported
Family relationships will improve
Caregivers will have time for self-care
Care recipient will experience increased happiness, self-esteem, physical/mental health and independence.
Positive outcomes for youth and families
People will live good lives
Erie County currently has extremely limited respite opportunities for dually diagnosed youth. There are several families of multi-system youth for whom respite would provide a huge relief and could be a significant factor in preventing a child from being placed outside the family home. Although our respite resources were very limited prior to the pandemic, the state-wide staffing shortage has produced another barrier to putting this highly needed service in place for the families we serve.
In order to meet the need of respite, we are in the process of creating a 3-hour monthly respite event program called SUN Club in order to to provide relief to caretakers by giving them a break from the routine of raising children with disabilities and/or mental health diagnosis. We are currently recruiting volunteers to help with a variety of tasks associated with the respite events.
To volunteer, please click the link below to be taken to a Volunteer Interest Form thru Google Forms: