Exceptional Family Resources

Family Respite Services

Family Respite Services provide reliable, quality care for individuals with a developmental disability and their siblings, giving their caregivers a much needed break (respite) from the challenges and stress of caring for a family member with special needs. Respite helps keep families together by supporting the caregiver and giving them an opportunity to pause from the daily challenges which arise when caring for a person with a disability, while also providing fun and meaningful activities for their children. Family respite services is unique to Onondaga County in that it provides care to all of the children in the home, not just the child with a disability at no cost to the family. Medicaid services do not allow care for all the children and many of the families may not be enrolled in Medicaid services yet.