Respite Services

“As a parent for a child with special needs, Respite Care provides the most giving and helpful service that I have. It makes a world of difference.”

Respite Programs for Families with Special Needs 

Caring for a loved one with special needs requires countless time and attention. To need a break from time to time – to want a respite from the daily duties of care – is absolutely normal, particularly for people who are often performing “superhuman” activities. 


JCFS’ Respite program helps provide support to families caring for someone with special needs. Our respite program takes a supportive, nurturing and therapeutic approach, which enhances individuals growth and development, while providing caregivers short-term relief.


Group Respite

Funded by the Department of Human Services, group respite services are provided to parents with children with developmental disabilities including—but not limited to—Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy and Down Syndrome. There is currently a waiting list for this service.

Community Support Services for Clients with Mental Health Diagnoses

Community support services, funded by the Department of Human Services, are provided to children with mental health diagnoses ages 4 to 17, and who receive Medicaid. Mental health diagnoses include—but are not limited to—Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Bipolar Disorder and Depression. Support services are provided until the child’s individual service goals are achieved.

Get Help

Call toll-free, 855.ASK.JCFS (855.275.5237) or email