FB_One-Pagers_GetInvolved_Respite_Page_1.jpgClick here to learn what is required to become a respite family.

Respite Icon.jpgRespite families provide planned, short-term breaks for foster parents by caring for foster children.

People find great joy in being foster parents...however, sometimes couples need to go out of town and would have friends or relatives watch their own children, or they and their family need some time to refresh and focus solely on those relationships. When those circumstances arise, respite families step in as approved, short-term foster care homes. The approval process is similar, but the involvement in the life of foster children can vary. 

Five Steps to Being a Respite Family

1. Attend Orientation: Encounter
Join us for a two-hour informational meeting to learn more about FaithBridge Foster Care. Click here to register for a scheduled event.

2. Complete Foster Parent Training: Foundations
This Friday evening, all-day Saturday and Sunday afternoon experience is designed to prepare prospective respite families for the physical, emotional and spiritual demands of caring for foster children. Register for Foundations in your area.

3. The Application Process
Once you decide to be a respite family, you must become certified by the state and county. Your FaithBridge foster family consultant will guide you through every step of the process.

4. Complete a Home Study
Your home itself must be approved for foster children to stay overnight. There are some documents to collect and is some paperwork to complete. Your FaithBridge foster family consultant will guide you through every step of the process.

5. Final Approval
Once approved, you will be a part of a FaithBridge Community of Careand able to provide respite care for foster families.


"Respite care provides a couple with time to be alone. I think it works best when one family provides respite care so they get to know your child and their needs, and you know how your child is going to react when they go and return home. It provides another level of consistency for the child."

-FaithBridge foster family


Foster parents rely on respite families to serve them, and the McKissons experienced this kind of support as they fostered six boys.