Provide Respite/Alternative Care

Respite/Alternative Care is a great way to provide services to youth for those families who are unable to make a long-term commitment to foster children.  It is a vital resources for our foster parnets and helps prevent their burnout.  While providing respite/alternative care you can form a long-term relationship with foster youth and serve in a mentoring capacity.  You can be a part of a youth's larger story and share your life experiences with them. 


What is the difference between Respite and Alternative Care?

A respite provider provides 1-14 nights of overnight care for foster youth.  An alternative care provider provides care during the day, but not overnight, for foster youth.


Requirements for Respite/Alternative Care

All the requirements below are required for Respite and Alternative Care providers who serve youth in the respite provider's home.  If you provide services in the youth's foster home some of these requirements can be waived.  Please contact Christina Kappen at Focus on Youth for a detailed description of which ones are required for your situation.

  • Application for Alternative Care (Childcare) and/or Respite Care Approval;
    • This includes 3 personal references;
  •  Local Crime Checks for all adult household members; *
  •  County Crime Checks for all adult household members; *
  •  BCI&I (State) Fingerprints in state of residency for all adult household members; *
  •  FBI (Federal) Fingerprints for all adult household members; *
  •  Pet form and Pet vaccination documentation;
  •  Safety Audit * (Please note: all prescription and non-prescription medications must be locked up.);
  •  Current copy of Driver’s License and proof of vehicle insurance;
  •  Release of Information and various other agency forms;
  •  Central Registry Checks (Attention! This must be completed immediately as it takes 6 to 8 weeks to get this back  from the state!);
  •  A brief interview to be conducted by the assigned social worker.

* These items must be updated annually for all household members.


Respite providers are required to attend 12 hours of training at Focus on Youth.  A list of the approved trainings can be found here. 


While it is possible for Focus on Youth to approve Respite/Alternative Care providers who live outside Southwest Ohio; often this is challenging for families who want to be approved, as our classes and staff are all located in West Chester, Ohio (just north of Cincinnati).  


 **Please note:  The Ohio Administrative Code and county contract requirements may change at any time.  When there are changes, we will keep you posted so that your eligibility to provide service is always appropriately updated.

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