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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 up to age twenty-one who have been diagnosed with emotional or behavioral conditions or disorders, developmental disabilities, extensive medical needs, or physical limitations, or a combination of conditions. St. David’s Center will only move forward with respite services if one of our providers is an appropriate fit and able to meet the child and family’s specific needs. Our Respite Foster Care program typically provides respite care in 24- to 48-hour increments, at regularly scheduled intervals of usually one to two weekends per month.

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.

St. David’s Center will work with the youth’s family and referring worker to match with a respite provider. St. David’s Center is only able to move forward with respite services if one of our providers is an appropriate fit and able to meet the child/family’s specific needs.  



This program is available through county case management or private pay. Discuss with your case manager to determine if there are funds available to reimburse you for private pay. This service cannot be accessed by a waiver.

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Talk to our Foster Care Team to learn more today.

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