Adoption Respite

What is Adoption Respite?

Respite care provides adoptive parents with a break from the constant demands of caring for their special needs adopted child (children). It may be used for planned activities or emergency situations. It is not to be used for regular daycare.


Who is Eligible for Adoption Respite?

Adoption Respite is a service available to adoptive families for their subsidized adopted children. Each adopted child who is subsidized is eligible for 5 days of respite service per fiscal year at $20 per day. Adoption Respite is ONLY available to adopted children who receive adoption subsidy from the state of Iowa. Subsidized adoptive families living out-of-state are not eligible for the five days of adoption respite.

How is Respite Accessed? What is the time frame?

For Adoption Respite provided after June 30, 2017 the new DHS contractors will be processing these payments. 

If you live in the Western Service Area, this program will be run by Lutheran Services of Iowa (LSI).  (Counties: Audubon, Buena Vista, Carroll, Cass, Cherokee, Clay, Crawford, Dickinson, Emmet, Fremont, Greene, Guthrie, Harrison, Ida, Kossuth, Lyon, Mills, Monona, Montgomery, O'Brien, Osceola, Page, Palo Alto, Plymouth, Pottawattamie, Sac, Shelby, Sioux, Taylor, and Woodbury)

Click here for the LSI Adoption Respite Billing Form.

If you live in one of the other four Service Areas of the state, this program will be run by Four Oaks.  

Click here for the Four Oaks Adoption Respite Billing Form


How Can We Locate a Respite Provider?

It is the adoptive parents' choice who they use as their adoption respite provider.
(REMEMBER - to receive payment, provider must be age 18 or older).

Below is a list of people you might consider caring for your child(ren):


Who Do We Contact for More Information?

You may contact both the Iowa Foster and Adoptive Parents Association (IFAPA) and your adoption worker who handles your adoption subsidy case, for more information. IFAPA is responsible only for the payment of respite - not in locating providers.


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