Approximately 680 children in Northern Virginia are in foster care.
About Short Term Foster Care
The NVFS Short Term Foster Care ("Respite Care") Program serves families in the community as well as NVFS foster families. Both parents and caregivers in the community and NVFS foster parents benefit from this program by gaining time to recuperate from the physical and emotional demands that come from caring for a child with behavioral, medical, or emotional needs. Children also benefit from respite care--during the visits to the respite home, the child is provided a continuation of their therapeutic plan. Respites usually occur over weekends, but may take place during the week.
If you are interested in learning about becoming a foster parent to provide Short Term Foster Care, click here.
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The Short Term Foster Care program serves biological, adoptive and foster families. Special care is taken to match children with the most appropriate respite provider. Case management and ongoing coordination with referring community agencies is provided. Respite care gives the ongoing caregiver a needed break while providing a therapeutic environment to children in a family setting. Available on an $96.86 per diem basis (self-pay, FAPT funding, or other sources).
Contact Ginny Snaider for more information.