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With the Governor's order to Shelter in Place, all St. David's Center locations are closed from Monday, March 30 through Friday, April 10. Close
One exception: Our Early Childhood Education Program is open to children of healthcare, emergency, and other essential workers. Close
Telehealth for mental health services, autism treatment and support, and homevisiting families will continue and expand, and in-home support services remain in place; staff will be in contact with families. Close
Pediatric Therapies will be provided by telehealth; staff will be in contact with families starting March 30. Close
Foster Care

Respite Foster Care

Respite care for parents raising children with special needs.

It is difficult raising a child with special needs. Every now and then, even the most dedicated parents and caregivers need a break. Our Respite Foster Care program provides respite care in 24- to 48-hour increments, usually on the weekends.

This program is available to individuals of all ages who have been diagnosed with developmental disabilities, physical limitations, emotional or behavioral disorders, or a combination of conditions.

The goal of respite care is to reduce the stress of caring for an individual with special needs, while also reducing the risk of out-of-home placement. Respite Foster Care also provides the individual with an opportunity to build nurturing relationships with people outside the family unit.

Respite care providers are licensed by the State of Minnesota and have undergone a thorough application and screening process, including an in-home safety check, fingerprinting and background check. Multiple trainings are required to provide care through St. David’s Center. Each child is matched carefully with a respite provider and takes part in the daily activities of the respite family during their respite stays.


The service can be accessed only through operated county case management.

Learn More

Talk to our Foster Care Team to learn more today.

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