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RESPITE CARE TRAINING

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About Respite Care

Foster parents face unique challenges due to the stressors that arise when caring for vulnerable children. Agape Ranch partners with the Department of Family and Protective Services and local Child Placing Agencies (CPAs) in the Coastal Bend to help families avoid burnout by providing support. Our team facilitates bi-annual training to certify individuals to become childcare providers, known as Respite Care Providers. 

 

After becoming 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 events. Our Respite Care Providers serve as frontline volunteers that directly impact local foster families by stepping in to provide temporary care.  

 

Bi-annual training - Winter and Summer

Training Months: January/February & August

 

For more information about becoming respite certified, please email Jessica Blakeslee at jessica@agaperanch.org.

Are you interested?

STEP 1: REGISTER

STEP 2: RECEIVE CASEBOOK LOGIN

Casebook is our secure, web-based portal that allows you to manage your respite file and stay up to date with any items that are needed. Jessica Blakeslee, Program Coordinator, will provide you with your login details following your completed registration to attend our next training.

STEP 3: COMPLETE PRE-TRAINING REQUIREMENTS

Prospective Respite Care Providers are asked to complete the items listed in the registration checklist linked below no later than 5 business days prior to attending the training.  Need assistance completing your requirements?  Contact Jessica at jessica@agaperanch.org for support.  

STEP 4: ATTEND THE TRAINING

Training is typically scheduled between 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. but can vary based on availability of our venue and team. Details will be made available following registration. 

STEP 5: COMPLETE BACKGROUND CHECK PROCESS

You are almost complete! Be on the lookout for an email from IdentoGo to schedule your fingerprinting appointment.  Once your results have been cleared by Agape Ranch, you will receive your certificate naming you a certified Respite Care Provider. 

 

Should you desire to provide care in your home, you will be required to complete an environment and fire inspection with our DFPS liaison.  Both checklists have been provided below.  Contact Jessica at jessica@agaperanch.org to schedule your inspection.

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