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Short-Term Respite Care Providers Needed Immediately

Local families are in need! Families throughout Allen County often need help with housing for their children while a family member is hospitalized, is briefly incarcerated, or when they are under great distress with parenting. SCAN, Stop Child Abuse and Neglect, provides options for those without a support system in place called Daybreak Crisis Homes. For families who have considered becoming foster parents, but are unsure about the full-time commitment, Daybreak Crisis Homes offers flexibility, while simultaneously assisting children with short-term housing needs.

The process to become a licensed foster home can take up to several months. The first step to becoming a respite family involves gaining information about your home. Each child needs 50 sq. feet of space and their own bed while in a licensed home. Staff also need to know adult’s availability to care for the children placed temporarily. An ideal candidate would be a stay-at-home or retired, nurturing adult. All of the adults in a potential Daybreak home must become licensed caregivers of the children. As a licensed provider, providing a safe home can fill your desire to help children whose family is in crisis. Families interested should contact SCAN for more information at (260) 421-5004.

About Daybreak Crisis Homes: Daybreak foster homes offer short-term emergency shelter for children when their families are experiencing a crisis or emergency. Respite care is provided for children for four hours, up to seven days. To become qualified, and seek licensing, training is available through SCAN. Daybreak staff check in daily with homes where children have been placed, as well as assist with transportation to or from school. Daily reimbursement for each child placed in your care is provided and the schedule is flexible.

About SCAN (Stop Child Abuse and Neglect): Located at 500 West Main Street, SCAN impacted the lives of 23,600 adults and children in Allen and 18 surrounding northeast and north central Indiana counties in the agency’s fiscal year 2014, ending September 30th, 2014. SCAN provides prevention as well as preservation services for children and families who are victims of, or are at-risk for child abuse and neglect. The vast majority of our services are provided at no cost to clients. For more information, visit us at Find us on Facebook at and on Twitter @scanfw. To report child maltreatment, call Indiana Child Abuse/Neglect Hotline: 800.800.5556.