WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN RESPITE CARE AND SHORT-TERM/SHELTER CARE?

Respite care is babysitting. When foster parents go through their certification, they are encouraged to ask friends and family members to be their respite providers. The background check form is requested through a foster family's DHS certifier, and can be given to any individual interested in providing respite care for them. With respite care, there is no DHS training and no payment from the agency. It is a foster parent working out childcare needs with a background-checked individual. Respite care can last no longer than 14 days.

Short-term/shelter care requires becoming a certified foster parent and completing 24 hours of Foundations training. DHS is the one calling and arranging for a child to come to your home and there is a reimbursement that comes with foster care.