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Program Spotlight: Adoption Support and Preservation Respite Program

The Adoption Support and Preservation Respite Program provides therapeutic support to former DCFS youth in care who have mental health issues and their families. By engaging in clinically driven activities, clients show an improvement in adaptive functioning and caregivers receive regular breaks from the constant demands of parenting.

  • One-to-one Mentoring: Clients currently working with an ASAP therapist are eligible to have weekly sessions with one of our respite workers. Currently, these sessions are offered via Zoom.
  • Private Pay Mentoring: Caregivers find their own mentor to take their child out in the community and are reimbursed for the hourly wage paid to them. This service is offered to eligible youth as funding is available and is time limited. They do not have to be currently working with an ASAP therapist to apply.
  • Groups & Outings: Clients currently working with an ASAP therapist are invited to join the groups and community outings organized by the ASAP sites as appropriate. Clients have fun interacting and connecting with other peers who have also been adopted. The Cook County Respite Program has also offered 6-week summer programming in which youth are picked up and brought on different field trips throughout the community.Respite Groups have also been offered where clients gather at the office locations to work on more focused skills. There are no in-person events in the near future due to social distancing, but Cook County Respite has been finding creative ways to engage their clients in groups via Zoom. They are running a weekly group for both teens and younger children in which they play virtual games like Taboo and socialize and can win prizes.
  • Camps & Recreational Funding: The Respite program offers financial assistance to help with the cost of community activities for your Former DCFS-youth-in-care. They do not have to be active in our ASAP program to be eligible to apply. Youth can take advantage of summer camps, sports leagues and classes out in the community based on need and available funding. There is a limit to the amount that can be used per family each year.

Although this program is focused in Cook and DuPage County, it may be able to serve other neighboring counties on a case-by-case basis, including Kane, Kendall, Will, Grundy, Lake, McHenry and Kankakee Counties. At this time, private and international adoptions are not eligible for the Respite Program.

To learn more about respite programming in your community, please speak with your ASAP therapist or contact the following clinicians for more information:

The Adoption Support and Preservation program provides home-based intervention to families formed through adoption or subsidized guardianship. Counseling, crisis intervention and 24-hour on-call assistance help address adjustment, grief/loss resolution, attachment, educational and emotional issues. This DCFS-supported program also provides therapeutic respite services, psycho-educational and support groups, workshops, and help securing resources. Learn more about Adoption Support and Preservation