Respite care provides a much needed break from caring for a child or adult with special needs. It can be provided for a few hours on an as needed basis or on a more regular schedule. Trained providers, chosen by the family, care the child or adult with special needs while the family runs errands, goes to a movie, or enjoy any activity they choose.
Air Force EFMP Respite Care
Eligible families can receive 12 hours of free respite care each month. Care is also available for the siblings of eligible children. To be eligible, families must be enrolled in EFMP and have a child with moderate to severe special needs. To apply for the program, call Child Care Aware at 1-800-424-2246 or click here.
Air Force Aid Society Respite Care
The Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) provides financial grants for respite care to eligible Air Force families who have a child with moderate to severe special needs. To be eligible, families must be enrolled in EFMP and have a need for assistance, both the need for respite time, as well as a financial need. Families are referred to the AFAS through the Exceptional Family Member Program-Medical office, Family Advocacy or School Liaison Officer. For more information, contact the School Liaison Officer.
South Dakota Department of Human Services Respite Care Program
The SD Department of Human Services Respite Care Program provides financial assistance for respite care to families having a child or adult family member who has a developmental disability, a developmental delay (children only), a serious emotional disturbance, a severe and persistent mental illness, a chronic medical condition (children only), a traumatic brain injury, or a child they have adopted may be considered for respite care services.
For more information or to apply, go to http://dhs.sd.gov/dd/respite/index.aspx.