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Respite Care

Maine Resources

Statewide List of Agencies that provide Respite Funding:
List of agencies statewide that provide funding for respite. To be eligible for these agencies, the child's therapist or doctor will need to provide a mental health, behavioral or medical diagnosis. You would include the diagnosis information along with the initial application. Funding amounts may vary depending on the needs of the child and the area of the state. There may be a waiting list for services.

Adult respite providers.

Family Respite Program:

"Providing continuous care for an adult with mental illness is sometimes stressful, making it difficult for the caregivers, usually family members, to arrange for a regular or occasional break because there is no one to provide care. NAMI Maine's Family Respite Program is designed to provide family members of adult individuals with mental illness with the time to revitalize themselves or attend to other matters, away from their care-giving responsibilities."

Maine Alzheimer's Association:
Lists of Alzheimer's-specific services and programs, arranged by Maine county and available in Word format for printing, for the following resources.

The Family Connections Program:

Provides support, assistance and care management to families and individuals affected by Alzheimer's disease or a related disorder. The program is available to families in Androscoggin, Cumberland, Kennebec, Sagadahoc, and York counties. There is no fee for the service, but contributions or membership in the Maine Alzheimer's Association are appreciated.

Support Group Directory:

Taking a Break! Toolkit:

Cooperative Extension Caregiver Fact Sheet:

UCP Northeastern Maine Respite Care Services:

A program that offers parents of children with special needs scheduled time off from the constant responsibility of caregiving, whether it be to attend meetings, go out to dinner, or just for a walk. The benefits of Respite program have been referred to as "life savers" by many of the families who receive these services. Children may be cared for in their home or in the home of a respite provider based on the comfort level of the parent and the availability of the respite provider.

Woodfords Family Services:

Families of children up to age 18 with significant delays in two or more areas of developmental, behavioral and/or emotional diagnosis are eligible for Respite Care. There is no charge to families for this service. The child must be living in his/her own home under the care of a parent or legal guardian. Appropriate documentation of special needs is required at the time of application. Respite Care is funded through the Maine Department of Behavioral and Development Services (DBDS) and is available to families in York and Cumberland Counties through Woodfords Family Services.

Pine Tree Society for Handicapped Children and Adults, Inc.:

Supporting children and adults with Autism or developmental disabilities and the families that care for them.


Adoption Respite Care-

Casey Family Services, Foster Children Respite Care:

Respite care offers a scheduled break to the foster children and foster families in Casey Family Services. Respite care is planned time away from the long-term foster care. A schedule for respite care is agreed upon by all parties involved using Casey's team approach to foster care. Respite foster parents receive the same ongoing training and support as long-term foster parents.

National Resources

The Arc (Fact Sheets):


Partners In Caring Respite for Caregivers:

Information and support for families and you as a caregiver. Providers offer companionship and supervision for your loved one while you take a break. Can offer several hours of respite care each week. In addition, Partners In Caring can offer 2 full weeks of respite care once a year at a residential care facility for your loved one when funds are available. Offers you respite time on a regular basis to do the things that are important to you. Some caregivers use respite time to take a nap, go shopping, go out to eat, visit family and friends, go fishing, play golf or resume community activities. Plus, once a year, you can take two weeks vacation while your loved one is being cared for by experienced care professionals.

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