The Agape Ranch team is closely monitoring COVID-19 in the Coastal Bend and will plan to adjust any upcoming trainings accordingly to the best of our ability. Some of these adjustments may include offering the training in an online format, in-person format, or an inability to offer childcare. Any changes made for the training sessions will be made known to all registrants via email.

As there is a great need for respite care in the Coastal Bend, we want to continue to provide avenues for anyone that is interested in serving within this capacity. However, please know that your health and well-being are of the utmost priority and we seek to create a safe environment as you answer the call to support vulnerable children and foster families.

If you have any questions or concerns about respite care during this pandemic season, please contact our Director of Programs, Liddy Vargas, at




Foster parents face unique challenges due to the stressors that arise when caring for hurting and vulnerable children. In order to avoid burnout, their sacrificial lifestyle must be balanced with support. Agape Ranch works with the Department of Family and Protective Services and local Child Placing Agencies (CPAs) to license individuals to become childcare providers, known as Respite Care Providers. After becoming trained and certified, Respite Care Providers are able to step in as temporary childcare for foster children in order to allow foster parents opportunities to go on date nights, attend to personal medical appointments, take vacations, visit family from out of the state, or simply take a break. Respite Care Providers can choose to provide respite at their own home for overnight stays, at the foster family's home for a few hours, or at Agape Ranch programming such as Foster Parent Night Out's. By becoming a respite care provider, you would be serving our local foster families and their foster children by providing them with much-needed support and temporary relief.

Bi-annual training - Winter and Fall

Training Months: January/February & August

Are you interested?



  • Welcome & Introduction

  • About Agape Ranch and the City-Wide Respite Care Program

  • Respite Care Certification Training

    • A Day in the Life of a Foster Parent

    • Medical Administration

    • De-Escalation & Discipline Policies

    • Universal Precautions & Communicable Diseases

    • SIDS, Shaken Baby, & Early Brain Development

  • CPR & First Aid Training

  • Q&A Time



·$30/person - CPR & First Aid Training -
CPR & First Aid certification is required for each Respite Care Provider. Cash or a check made out to HopeCPR will be needed on the day of the training.

·$15/person - TB Testing -

  • TB Testing is required for each Respite Care Provider. If respite care is going to be done in the provider's home, every family member above the age of 1 must obtain a TB test. The TB shot is given at the first visit, and you must return within 48 - 72 hours to have the results read, so please plan accordingly.

    The testing can be done at any of the following:

    • CVS MinuteClinic

    • TLC Urgent Care

    • The Health Department (1702 Horne Rd, Room 93) during their clinic hours: 8:00 am - 11:00 am and 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm. Please be aware that each adult will be required to bring their Driver's License and Social Security card, and that each child will be required to have a parent picture ID and their own Social Security card. This clinic accepts $15 in CASH ONLY, checks and credit cards will NOT be accepted. 

    • For any of these options, please call ahead and check for any COVID-related changes in their hours or services.


·$40/person - FBI Fingerprinting -
FBI Fingerprinting is required for each Respite Care Provider. Instructions and appointment information will be emailed to you after attending and completing the training. There are several locations in the city that provides this service, and it usually takes about 5-10 minutes to complete. Results will be emailed and confirmed with DFPS, and your approval will be emailed to you by Agape Ranch staff.

If respite care is being done in the provider's home, then every respite care provider in the home needs an FBI fingerprint completed. Everyone else who lives in the home, above the age of 13 must complete a DFPS Background Check, available to you in #3 in the steps below. Only pages 1-5 must be completed. 




Once you have completed all of the steps and have become approved as a certified Respite Care Provider, you will be added to our volunteer list and you will be emailed by Agape Ranch staff occasionally. We will inquire about your availability to serve as a volunteer Respite Care Provider for incoming requests from local foster parents. You will also be contacted by the Director of Programs to inquire about your availability to serve as a volunteer Respite Care Provider for Agape Ranch programming, such as Foster Parent Night Outs.


Foster children may never be left alone with those who have not completed the respite care training certification.

Questions? Please email Agape Ranch Director of Program, Liddy Vargas, at


1. Register to attend the next Respite Care Training.

2. Complete the three online training below, print out the certificates, and bring them to the training.

3. Print and fill out the following forms.  Bring them to the training.

4. Make copies of your Driver's License, Social Security Card, and car insurance and bring them to the training.

5. Obtain a TB test result and bring it to the training.  See above box for details.

6. Attend the training.

7. If providing respite care in your home, schedule and pass the health and fire inspections.  The scheduling will be done through Agape Ranch with a DFPS inspector.

8. Acquire and pass the FBI fingerprinting background check.  Directions will be emailed to you.  See above box for details.

9. You are now a respite care provider!  Thank you for being an essential support to the foster families in our community.




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