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) 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 Fall

Training Months: January/February & August


For more information about becoming respite certified, please email Jessica Blakeslee at

Training Requirements

Ready to get started?  Click the link below to view the requirements for new registrants requirements. 


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 as well. Following completed training requirements, your inspection will be scheduled by Jessica Blakeslee, program coordinator.