Respite provides rest and renewal to primary caregivers for children / youth with special needs. Referrals and funding come from the Ministry of Children and Family Development. Respite Service Coordinators match qualified and screened caregivers to families whose children with special needs live at home.

Respite helps parents spend time together or with their other children or youth, or do things they would not usually be able to do. During respite, family members can also have time to pursue their own interests, or spend time alone or with someone special.

While respite helps families reduce stress, family wellness only occurs when respite enables families to feel renewed and confident enough to take time away from caring for their children.

A parent's view of respite

Having a support person accompany me to one of my other children's soccer games so that I do not have to be the person responsible for him for that hour - that is respite for me!  We can all go together and relax and watch the soccer game as a family.

Respite is an opportunity to spend time with a child to help build the child’s social skills and participate in recreational and community events. Caregivers see respite as an opportunity to build relationships with amazing kids, knowing they provide an exceptional standard of care while making a difference in someone's life. Click here to learn more about becoming a caregiver.


~  Shirley Yamashita
    ~  Phone: 604-534-1155 (Extension 114)
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OF INTEREST if you would like to apply to
become a children's respite caregiver.