What is Adoption Respite?
Respite care provides adoptive parents with a break from the constant demands of caring for their special needs adopted child (children). It may be used for planned activities or emergency situations. It is not to be used for regular daycare.
Who is Eligible for Adoption Respite?
Adoption Respite is a service available to adoptive families for their subsidized adopted children. Each adopted child who is subsidized is eligible for 5 days of respite service per fiscal year at $20 per day. Adoption Respite is ONLY available to adopted children who receive adoption subsidy from the state of Iowa. Subsidized adoptive families living out-of-state are not eligible for the five days of adoption respite.
How is Respite Accessed? What is the time frame?
- Each child is eligible for 5 days per fiscal year. The current fiscal year runs from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017.
- When respite is needed, the adoptive parent selects their own respite provider (see respite ideas listed below), and makes necessary arrangements. To receive payment, provider must be an adult (age 18 or older).
- After respite care is provided, complete our ADOPTION RESPITE BILLING FORM (including original signatures from the adoptive parent and the respite provider) and mail to IFAPA.
- Payment will be sent to the provider along with a copy of the Adoption Respite Billing Form.
- IFAPA will process all payments within 5 working days of receipt.
- Payments to providers for this program are contingent upon continued Adoption Respite Program funding from DHS.
How Can We Locate a Respite Provider?
It is the adoptive parents' choice who they use as their adoption respite provider.
(REMEMBER - to receive payment, provider must be age 18 or older).
Below is a list of people you might consider caring for your child(ren):
- Your grown children (even if they still live in your home they can provide you respite)
- Extended family members (grandparents, aunts & uncles, etc.)
- Friends (including family friends and your child's friends' parents)
- Church members
- Child care providers
- Educators (teachers, aides and other school personnel)
- Coaches/Instructors (other other people who know your child through extra curricular activities)
- Foster/adoptive parents (parents you have met at support groups and training classes)
- College students
Who Do We Contact for More Information?
You may contact both the Iowa Foster and Adoptive Parents Association (IFAPA) and your adoption worker who handles your adoption subsidy case, for more information. IFAPA is responsible only for the payment of respite - not in locating providers.