Bridge to Care Child and Family Services focuses on centralized and coordinated respite service that provides temporary relief for overwhelmed families or caregivers who are supporting children/youth with complex mental health needs.
This service is designed to offer relief to the family/caregiver who is temporarily overwhelmed with caring for a child/youth with social, emotional and behavioral difficulties, in order to preserve and support the existing home placement.
It is a planned therapeutic support service and is not intended to respond to crisis, emergency or child protection situations. Respite services help to keep families intact and prevent more intrusive, costly, long-term, out-of-home placements. Within the program, there are a wide range of flexible respite options: in-home relief, weekly outings, and short term out-of-home placements for children of families during critical moments of stress.
Day Respite at our Facilities:
Parents of children with disabilities sometimes need support so they can raise their children at home and fully participate in community life.
Bridge to Care provides Day Respite program that provides a wide range of family-centred supports and services. Services are meant to help strengthen families’ ability to promote their child’s healthy development and encourage their child’s participation in activities at home and in the community.
The program is voluntary; parents remain the guardians for their child and are responsible for all decision-making and the usual expenses of raising a child until their child turns 18 years old.
This program provides opportunities for the children to also break from the home environment and interact with peers and others.
Services are usually offered on a sliding fee schedule based on ability to pay and requirements of care.
Although most payment is provided out of family finances, province and federal funding sources.
Services may be with or without charge depending on the model
The child receiving care may not like the unfamiliar environment or may have difficulty adjusting to the changes