Children’s Respite Services

Children’s Respite Services provides funding resources to support parents, guardians, and/or caregivers of school-aged children and youth (up to the age of 18) with developmental (IQ below 70) or physical disabilities in achieving a time of renewal outside of their day-to-day duties. 

Children’s Respite Services provides funding resources to support parents, guardians, and/or caregivers of school-aged children and youth (up to the age of 18) with developmental (IQ below 70) or physical disabilities in achieving a time of renewal outside of their day-to-day duties. During this time, their child or youth is afforded the opportunity to socialize with others, learn, and participate in recreational activities.

Respite plays a vital role in the maintenance of positive physical and mental health for the caregiver and in sustaining positive relationships between caregivers and those they support.

Up to $2,000.00 in funding per family can be allocated based on need.

Respite care can be arranged in the family home, a care provider home, or in a community setting.

Support Provided Through The Program:

  • Funding application access and support (school-aged to 18 years)
  • Identification and coordination of the natural support systems you may already have in place (Parent-to-parent, family, and friends)
  • Development of a personalized and flexible Family Respite Plan that is responsive to everyone’s needs
  • Information about local respite care providers, resources, and options

Catulpa Community Support Services’ Children’s Respite Services are available to families residing in Orillia, Midland, Collingwood, Alliston, and surrounding areas who have a school-age child (up to 18 years of age) with a confirmed diagnosis of a developmental (IQ below 70) or physical disability.

Funding is provided by the Ministry of Children, Community, and Social Services. There is no fee for this service.

The program takes other funds received by your family for respite care into consideration. In some cases, funding may not be immediately available, and it may be necessary for you to be placed on a waitlist for services. We will notify you if this is the case.

A Renewal Application and Family Respite Plan must be completed each year by families receiving funding.

To access Children’s Respite Services. Parents, guardians, and/or professional support caregivers (with consent) may apply for Children’s Respite Services funding. New applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. 

To download an application for Children’s Respite Services, click HERE.

Please complete the Children’s Respite Program Funding Application below. Include confirmation of diagnosis from a medical professional and mail to:

Catulpa Community Support Services
165 Ferris Lane, Barrie ON L4M 2Y1
Attn: Children’s Respite Program Coordinator

Following Funding Approval:

In Simcoe County, allows families requiring respite services to complete a profile so local Direct Support Providers (DSPs) can be best matched to your needs. Please note that DSPs are self-employed and are not pre-screened by Catulpa Community Support Services.

Once funding is in place, families can contact a chosen DSP directly to arrange for supports on a fee-per-service basis. Your first contact with a DSP should include a discussion about availability, qualifications, and any specific skills required for your child. We recommend you follow this initial discussion with a face-to-face meeting to discuss duties, care needs, and any safety concerns. Remember to discuss your child’s goals and interests. Determine schedules, availability, rate of pay, and expenses.

A written agreement is recommended. If you are unsure if you want to commit to a long-term schedule, we recommend trying one or two visits and reassessing at that time.

Simcoe County Community Action Program for Children (CAPC) and MotherCare (Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program – CPNP) are a part of a national program with then 25 years of experience supporting families in this region. We support pregnant participants, young parents, and Newcomers to Canada with children 0-6 years old who are currently living on a lower income.

Please confirm that you are currently living on a low household income (less than $40,000 before taxes per year) in Simcoe County and that you are currently pregnant and/or live with children 0-6 of age.
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We do not maintain participant “notes” related to your participation with us but we are required by our funders to track attendance and the resources we distribute. We use an electronic data management system to record and store minimal personal information and program attendance. This information includes: name, date of birth, income, due dates and/or dates of birth of your children. Other information that we request is optional for you to provide. Detailed information about this consent can be found in our Welcome Letter.

Simcoe County CAPC-CPNP requires an email address for your participation in all programs. Please give us a call at 705-733-3227 ext. 2236 if you have any questions or if you do not have an email address.
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