The Exceptional Family Member Respite Care Program is a partnership between the U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, Child Care Aware of America and The Planning Council for qualified families in the greater Hampton Roads area. If you’re a Military family in need of Respite Care so you can leave the house, go to an appointment, or just take a break, while knowing that your child is well cared for, The Planning Council is your source.
Respite care does not replace the need for regular childcare. It allows parents/guardians time for date-nights, one-on-one time with children, or a little time for themselves.
While we don’t provide the care, we recruit, train, and refer quality Respite Care Providers to qualified families. Here’s how it works…
How to Become a Respite Care Provider
If you love children, have experience caring for children with special needs, have a degree in nursing, special education, or early education, and have a flexible schedule, consider becoming a Respite Care provider.
Fill out our online Application
We will do a thorough investigation into each provider's history.
Once you have cleared your background check and completed the pre-service training, we will authorize you as eligible to provide Respite Care.
We will refer you to families for an interview and follow up with monitoring and quality assurance.
Here For You
We provide ongoing professional development & training as well as technical assistance to help you always provide the best level of care.
If you’re already an EFM Respite Care Provider, and have recently moved to the area, make sure to connect with The Planning Council to help new families and for the latest information and professional development. Please use the form below to contact us.
Military Families Needing Respite Care
If you are a Navy or Air Force family and interested in participating in EFM Respite Care, contact Child Care Aware® of America, 1-800-424-2246 to speak to Respite Care Specialist regarding the eligibility requirements, or by clicking here you can get more information. Please note that there is currently a waiting list for Navy EFM Respite Care.