Regular breaks from parenting are essential for CCS foster families. Children who are dual-diagnosed (with both developmental or cognitive delays and/or severe emotional disturbances from abuse or neglect) present special challenges, and respite is a critical ingredient for successful placements.
CCS provides respite to our foster and birth families in five key ways:
Families take children one or two weekends per month to give their regular foster parents a break.
Relief during family emergencies.
A safe home for children who are homeless or experiencing a psychiatric event.
Temporary placements for children transitioning out of their homes and into foster care.
2- or 5-day camping trips in a therapeutic outdoor setting run by specially trained staff collaborating with CCS.