Foster parents and relative caregivers are eligible for up to 12 hours of FREE respite care each month. Families caring for children ages 12 or under, or a child with special needs, are automatically eligible and can contact Channel Islands Social Services (CISS) directly at (805) 384‑0983 to register.
If the family is caring for children over 12 or requires more than 12 hours, social workers can make the referral directly to CISS. These cases will be reviewed for need, natural support system, and plan for when the short term exception ends.
You may also consider becoming a volunteer/ informal respite provider. Through our Prudent Parent policy, caregivers can seek the informal support of friends and community members. If you are interested in supporting our fostering community this way, please contact us for more information and to get linked to a family. Thank you!