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Breaks for Caregivers (Respite Care)

Adriel School

Provides 24-hour respite services (up to 30 days) for foster youth and youth with special needs throughout Ohio ages 0 to 21. Referrals to the program may be made by agencies or legal guardians. They also provide on-site counseling and treatment for foster youth.
5940 Venture Drive, Dublin, Ohio 43017
(614) 761-0010

Arch National Respite Network & Resource Center

Respite, a break for caregivers and families, is a service in which temporary care is provided to a child or adult with disabilities, or chronic or terminal illnesses, and to persons at risk of abuse and neglect. Go online to access their respite locator, which helps parents and caregivers find local respite resources in their area.
800 Eastowne Drive, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27514
(919) 490-5577

Catholic Social Services Home-Based Maternal Counseling

Counseling and education are provided for women experiencing an unplanned pregnancy to explore options, including adoption. They can also help women experiencing life stressors related to pregnancy or early years of parenting. Their Maternal Counseling Program provides home-based services for all clients with Medicaid who need counseling, but have difficulties leaving the home.  Services are offered in Newark and Zanesville as well.  Contact directly for details.
197 East Gay Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 221-5891

Disability Rights Ohio (formerly Ohio Legal Rights Services)

Helps people throughout Ohio who are developmentally disabled, mentally ill or have other physical and mental impairments. They provide legal advocacy and rights protection to a wide range of people with disabilities. This includes assisting individuals with problems such as abuse, neglect, discrimination, access to assistive technology devices, special education, housing, employment, voting, community integration, and rights protection issues within the juvenile and criminal justice systems.
50 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(800) 282-9181 or (800) 858-3542 TTY

Easter Seals Out and About Program

This program gets children ages 8-18 out and having fun in the Columbus community.  Children get to meet new friends as they enjoy visiting area attractions on selected Saturdays.  Transportation is provided to and from the child’s home.  Contact Easter Seals for more information.
3830 Trueman Court, Hilliard, Ohio  43026
(614) 228-5523

Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities Residential Services

Respite services are provided for families in their home or at an approved respite facility. Franklin County Residential Services operates a 24-hour out-of-home respite program at two locations for children and one location for adults. These homes provide temporary housing for eligible individuals with mental retardation or developmental disabilities. Services are provided for a minimum of four hours to a maximum of two weeks, on a planned or emergency basis.
1021 Checkrein Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(614) 844-5847

Friendship Circle

Parents of children with special needs often find it difficult to join a community or commit time to programs because of their busy schedules. The Friendship Circle offers much needed respite for parents and siblings. They provide social and sports opportunities for children and teens with special needs.
6220 East Dublin-Granville Road, New Albany, Ohio 43054
(614) 939-0765

Learning Never Ends Summer Camp

Offers a community respite summer camp for high school students ages 15-18 with developmental disabilities. The campers participate in adapted sports, creative arts, music therapy, day trips, educational activities and skill development as well as volunteer activities and vocational training. Also provides a day habilitation program and vocational habilitation program to ages 18 and older with developmental disabilities. Services available Monday through Friday with non-medical transportation provided. Contact directly for costs and times.
5909 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43231
(614) 899-8100

Netcare Miles House for Adults

A respite option for adults age 18 and older who are experiencing a mental health crisis. Miles House offers a less restrictive environment than psychiatric hospitalization, with a maximum length of stay of 16 days. Referrals are accepted from area hospitals, community professionals and mental health centers.
199 South Central Avenue, Columbus, OH 43223
24-hour crisis hotline: (614) 276-2273

Recreation Unlimited Respite Weekend Camps

Offers year-round weekend (Friday through Sunday) respite care camps for families who have children with special needs ages 8-22 . Respite weekend camps have on-site nursing and also provide a great environment for indoor and outdoor fun. There is an annual registration fee and weekend camp fee, but many campers can receive funding through their service plan (such as Ohio home care waivers).  Contact directly for details.
7700 Piper Road, Ashley, Ohio 43003
(740) 548-7006

Respite Connections

Provides planned and emergency respite care up to 2 weeks for youth and adults with special needs and their families, throughout central Ohio.
5250 Strawberry Farms, Westerville, Ohio 43230
(614) 890-4357

Specialized Alternatives for Families & Youth (SAFY)

Provides planned short-term respite care for their foster parents. Also provides respite services for foster parents in the community who need time away from their foster youth. Typically, these services are provided by referral from outside agencies such as the Board of Developmental Disabilities or mental health organizations.
4615 Hilton Corporate Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43232
Intake: (888) 590-7239

St. Vincent Family Center Residential and Respite Services

Serves youth ages 5 to 13 years old who have severe emotional or behavioral problems or failed treatment in the past. Referrals are typically made by social service agencies, community mental health agencies, caregivers and other providers in central Ohio and surrounding counties.
1490 East Main Street Columbus, OH 43205
(614) 252-0731

The Caregiver Space

Offers online support to parents and other caregivers by providing an atmosphere of understanding, sharing and helping others who need support while facing the challenges of caring for an ill child, a special needs child or the needs of other dependants.  Join a community that encourages each other through caring, comfort, relief and tools to help a caregiver recognize self-care.
31 West Twenty-First Street, New York, New York 10010
(855) 522-5524

Youth Advocate Services (YAS)

Offers services for at-risk children, including emergency, short-term crisis intervention services for youth who are unable to continue in their current living situation. Children referred for respite care services are living with their own birth families or relatives (kinship care). They are not children that are placed in foster care, group homes or residential treatment facilities. Instead, these are children whose parents, legal guardians or kinship caregivers need a temporary break for a short period of time. Children are referred through county agencies, such as Franklin County Children Services.
825 Grandview Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 258-9927