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Family Support Services: Respite

PROGRAM NAME Family Support: Respite
PROGRAM OVERVIEW The Respite Program is a voluntary service designed to give families, experiencing multiple stressors, a planned break from their child. Services are available five hours per week for up to one year.  Trained staff engages children in pro-social, community-based activities.
WHO WE SERVE The Respite program serves:

  • Any child working with a Howard Center clinician not in DCF custody.
  • Children between the ages of 5 and 16 years old.
  • A family experiencing multiple stressors.
WHERE WE PROVIDE SERVICES The Respite Program is housed at Howard Center’s Child, Youth, and Family Services building at 1138 Pine Street in Burlington, however, services are provided across the Chittenden County community.
WHAT SERVICES WE PROVIDE The Respite Program provides community-based, pro-social activities. Activities may include going to a museum, engaging children in exercise, playing outside, or attending a community event.
HOW SERVICES ARE FUNDED Services are funded with grant money through the Department of Mental Health.
HOW TO MAKE REFERRALS Referrals for the Respite Program are initiated by Howard Center CYFS clinicians for clients currently open to CYFS services.
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