What is Respite?
Respite is temporary care that provides a break for the relative caregiver(s) and the child(ren). There are many forms of respite, including childcare so a caregiver can do something for herself or himself; e.g. an afternoon the child spends with a babysitter, so the caregiver can relax without the child. Camps, after school programs, or other structured outings also allow the caregiver to take a break.
Please Note: respite grants are only available for children under 18. Vermont Kin As Parents has limited funding available for grandparents and others raising their relatives’ children. At this time, respite grants from VKAP will be $100 per family per year for each family that applies. Additional funding may be available through local Agencies on Aging, if the caregiver is 55 or over. Additional respite funding may also be available from local disability services agencies, if your child has a disability.
Click here for an application. If you have any questions, please call 802-871-5404.
RESPITE GRANTS WILL BE AWARDED ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE BASIS. Once funding is exhausted, you will receive a letter explaining the situation. However, applications will be kept on file should additional funding become available.