The Importance of Respite
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Providing safe havens for foster & birth families
Norcross, GA: Foster youth and parents are sometimes not afforded the same opportunities as a traditional family, in which, when Mom and Dad want some alone time or a couple’s vacation, the kids get to stay at Grandma’s house for the weekend. But in many cases, especially with foster youth who have special needs or behavioral problems, Grandma’s house is not an option. Creative Comminity Services (CCS) believes that regular breaks are essential to maintaining a happy and healthy family.
One of the ways CCS provides respite is Crisis Respite. This service keeps youth from homelessness or placement in an inappropriate facility, like a psychiatric hospital or detention center. 3-year-old Sarah came to CCS recently with significant medical and behavioral challenges. Thanks to one of their crisis foster parents, she was able to avoid placement in a hospital.
Sarah required multiple service providers and medical appointments to get her stabilized and in a place where she could start to progress. Meanwhile, her foster mom became her biggest advocate in the school system, aftercare programs, with her physicians, and with the Department of Family and Children Services. A strong bond was formed and Sarah’s foster mom decided to make her a permanent member of her family by officially adopting her!
CCS’s Respite program provides respite for foster and birth families in five key ways:
- Planned Respite
- Emergency Respite
- Crisis Respite
- Interim Respite
- Adventure Youth Program
About CCS: Creative Community Services, Inc. is a non-profit organization that improves the quality of life for children, teens and adults with developmental disabilities and mental health needs, and their families, by providing direct services and community-based support throughout the state of Georgia. Visit their website at http://www.ccsgeorgia.org
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