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Additional Resources for Finding Respite in your Community


Read the ABCs of Respite

Before searching for respite, please read this consumer's guide, The ABCs of Respite, for assistance in choosing a respite care provider and for additional funding and support information.

The National Respite Locator Service helps parents, family caregivers, and professionals find respite services in their state and local area to match their specific needs. Please give us your feedback by completing this short survey. If you find that a listing is out of date or no longer providing respite care, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

Disclaimer: Please note that this database is provided for informational purposes only and is not all-inclusive. The fact that an organization is or is not listed in the database does not represent an endorsement or lack of endorsement for any purpose. We assume no responsibility for any claims arising from use of the online database. We do not check the background, references or any other aspect of the companies and individuals listed here. You must take responsibility for checking the background and qualifications of any respite provider you chose. For more information and guidance on how to select a respite provider, click here.

How to Use the "Search" Service:

Use the "Search for Respite" feature to find the programs in your state and city that provide the services you are requesting. For more information about the services offered by each agency, call the agency.  

The "Search for Respite Funding" feature also provides information on additional state resources, including information on possible sources to help you pay for respite, including specific funding sources in your state that might be available through Medicaid Waivers or other state agency funding sources. Eligibility criteria, if available, and links to state pages to help you apply for this funding, are also provided.  This information may change frequently, so be sure to contact the appropriate state agency for more information.  From each state fact sheet, you can also link to other caregiver or care recipient services and supports. 

How to Use the "Add or Update Your Program" Service

If you are a respite care provider, you may "Add or Update Your Program" to the Locator Service by using this feature.Once you have registered your program, you will have a User Name and Password that will enable you to "Log-In" and make changes to your listing when you need to.

When you have a User Name and Password, you will use the "Login to Update" feature to make changes in your agency's listing.

Other Important Resources

Please Note: The National Respite Locator database is not a complete list of all the respite programs that exist or even all the possible funding sources. If you fail to find a program near you on our list or need more information, you should check with your State Lifespan Respite Program, your State Respite Coalition, an Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC), or the Eldercare Locator ServiceContact information for many ADRCs can be found through the Eldercare Locator.

State Respite Registries

You may also find resources specific to your state. We also provide links to select State Respite Registries.

National Family Caregiver Support Program

For information on state and local contacts for the National Family Caregiver Support Program, which may provide funding for respite primarily for the aging population, and other critical family caregiver support services, check the Eldercare Locator.

Veteran Caregiver Support Program

If you are a veteran or the family caregiver of a veteran, please contact the VA's Caregiver Support Program or call the support line at 1-855-260-3274.

Adult Day Care Services

To see if there are adult day care centers in your area, visit the National Association of Adult Day Services Association. These services are often covered by Medicaid or are available on a sliding fee scale. 

Summer Camp Resources

Friendship Circle has provided valuable links to summer camps for both children and adults with disabilities. See the following links.

  • 25 summer camps for individuals with special needs, click here.

  • 19 more summer camps for individuals with special needs, click here.

United Cerebral Palsy and Easterseals also have summer camps across the country. Some camps are inclusive of all individuals, with and without disabilities. Very Special Camps has a national directory of camps for individuals with special needs. 

12 Camps for Kids Who Need a Little Help include camps that provide support to children who have experienced the loss of a loved one, domestic violence, substance abuse, a traumatic accident or who have behavioral, emotional, or physical needs who are in foster care or in the custody of their grandparents.

Crisis Nurseries

Crisis nurseries, also known as crisis or emergency care, provide temporary respite for families experiencing challenging life circumstances that place their children at risk for abuse and/or neglect. Created to provide immediate stress relief for parents and caregivers in times of crisis, the care provided by most nurseries can be accessed any time of the day or night and is offered free-of charge. Access a list of crisis nurseries and read more here.

Children's Mental Health

Statewide Family Networks are funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The purpose of the networks is to enhance state capacity and infrastructure to better respond to the needs of children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbance and their families by providing information, referrals, and support. The networks also create a mechanism for families to participate in State and local mental health services planning and policy development. Get a list of Statewide Family Networks.

The National Federation of Families, another resource for children's mental health, is a national family-run organization linking more than 120 chapters and state organizations focused on the issues of children and youth with emotional, behavioral, or mental health needs and substance use challenges and their families.


The Respite Locator Service is a service of the ARCH National Respite Network, a program of Families and Communities Rising. Funding for this service is provided through the generous donations of the members of the ARCH National Respite Network with partial support from a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. For more information about joining the ARCH-NRN click here.



State Respite Registries

State-by-State Help for Family Caregivers from the Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA)