BACI’s Respite Program provides a break to families in caring for their child with special needs.
The program is open to those under 18 years of age, and families can receive up to 28 days of respite per fiscal year. Families may use respite for half-days, full-days or 24-hour periods. Respite can be spread throughout the fiscal year, or condensed over a shorter period, (i.e. used over summer vacation).
To access respite through BACI, families must be eligible for CYSN (Children/Youth with Special needs). CYSN assigns vacancies based on a family assessment and current need.
Families interested in respite need to speak to their social worker for service inquiry. Families without a social worker need to contact the Ministry of Child and Family Development (MCFD) to request an intake worker for their child.
The BACI Respite Program allows for flexibility and choice. Options include:
- Out-of-home respite
- In-home respite
- In-community respite
Families are set up with Respite Contractors screened through BACI. If families would like a specific person to be their child’s respite provider (i.e. a family friend or a member of an educational-based team), they can request that person be screened through BACI.