Top 5 Reasons to Become a Respite Foster Parent

Last updated: February 26, 2021, at 1:32 p.m. PT

Originally published: November 12, 2018, at 10:34 a.m. PT

Foster parents can look different depending on what type of parenting you want to do. For many people, becoming a respite foster parent is the right fit. Respite foster parents offer a break to full-time foster parents or a short-term placement for kids who need care for just a short time. Placements generally last just 1-2 days.  

This month we're celebrating Purposeful Parenting. Purposeful Parenting highlights the significant relational value of parents and children having resilient and meaningful connections with one another. One of the best ways to be a Purposeful Parent is to take care of yourself, one of those ways is by taking advantage of respite whenever possible.  

There's a lot to love about being a respite foster parents, here are just a few of our favorites! 

  1. Fostering that fits your schedule. Respite foster parents are part-time parents who have more flexibility in their fostering schedule.  

  1. Show foster kids your favorite things! Often, respite foster parents have foster kids on weekends so they have the opportunity to share favorite tourist spots, bike paths, museums, and movies! Plus, many museums and kids events have special rates for foster families.  

  1. Give foster kids and full-time foster parents a break. When you become a respite foster parent, you are helping foster parents get a much-needed break and foster kids get individual attention.  

  1. Respite foster parents have the opportunity make a huge impact in the lives of kids and families that need it in a way that doesn't take over the foster parents' whole life. It is a big small thing.  

  2. Respite is a great starting place for families who are new to parenting or just new to fostering. It gives you time to decide if full-time fostering is a good fit for your family, while still allowing you to support youth in care.  

Category: Foster Care