To provide Respite Child Care to special needs military families. The EFMP Respite Care program is offered free for eligible Air Force and Navy families at Barksdale Air Force Base through The Arc Caddo-Bossier and Child Care Aware of America.
This page will have no personal information. We will share all aspects of the program on here as well as assist families with getting the process started to begin receiving services.
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How Can EFMP Respite Child Care Help My Family?
Experts agree that parenting is a hard job. Every parent can benefit from a break. Caring for children with developmental delays, behavior problems or disabilities presents challenges that can test the best of parents. Parents with an exceptional family member (EFM) need rest periods and down time. It may be difficult to find a qualified person who is trained, background screened and is also a truly caring individual to care for exceptional children. EFMP Respite Child Care helps with these challenges.
Respite Child Care is particularly important for Airmen’s families who are often stationed away from their families. Without family support it is often hard to trust someone to take care of the children, especially the children with exceptional needs. EFMP Respite Child Care partner agencies train and screen all providers so families can rest assured their children are getting the care they need while families get a much needed break. Our annual survey respondents have told us that having Respite Child Care not only strengthened their marriages but allowed the Airman to be free from worry about their family during duty hours, and thus be more productive.
EFMP Respite Child Care can strengthen the family. Respite Child Care helps decrease stress and increase health and well-being. It allows families to focus on individual family members, while knowing their children are being well taken care of.
Research shows that having children with disabilities can cause stress on marriages. Finding adequate support outside of the family may be a critical aspect of sustaining a marriage. Without these, a couple is stretched too thin: anxieties increase, resentments mount, and the marital stress can negate the positive aspects of married life. Positive external supports such as Respite Child Care help reduce stress and provide tools, information, and opportunities to build camaraderie with others.
When families have children with special needs, the need for support often exceeds the couple’s capacity within their own family. Some parents miss available resources; they often tough it out alone due to lack of awareness of existing resources or thinking they should be able to manage on their own. Some couples don’t realize that having supports can make the marriage stronger. One of the most common obstacles is difficulty acknowledging the need for help. Asking for help implies weakness for some people.
Couples having regular time alone together can increase communication and reduce marital tension. Also, having dedicated time to perform necessary household duties without interruption also leads to less stress on a marriage. Respite Child Care can also increase the skills and abilities of the children being cared for. Trained providers can bring new activities, new ideas and new skills to children who will enhance their development as well as enjoy the new activities.
Who is eligible for Air Force EFMP Respite Child Care?
Airmen are eligible if:
The family is enrolled in the USAF EFMP
The EFM child(ren), ages birth through 18 years, are diagnosed with moderate or severe special needs
The sibling, ages birth through 12 years
The EFM child(ren) and siblings must reside with the Airman
The Airman is stationed within the Continental United States
The Airman is active duty, including Air Guard and Reserve, if activated for at least 31 days
So what is EFMP Respite Care?
U.S. Air Force (USAF) Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) families stationed throughout the country have children who require child care services. Some children have special needs that require unique child care considerations. Finding and paying for quality child care for children with special needs can also present significant challenges for military families. The U.S. Air Force EFMP has established a quality respite child care program for families with children having special needs and who are enrolled in the USAF EFMP. Respite Child Care is specially designed for Air Force families who have children diagnosed with moderate or severe special needs. Contact me today to get started!
We are now also serving Navy families! If you are a Navy family contact me today to get your respite care started!
For more information check out our new section on the Barksdale Life page! http://barksdalelife.com/index.php?src=gendocs&ref=Airman-Family-Readiness-Center%20%28EFMP-FS%29&category=Airman_and_Family2
EFMP-FS Special Needs Resource Center :: Barksdale Life :: Force Support and Services The Exceptional Family Member Program is designed to support military families who have a member with special medical and educational needs. The program has three components, identification and enrollment (located at the base clinic), assignment coordination (Military Personnel Flight located in the...
This program is brand new but we are growing! Please share with your EFMP family friends so everyone here can take advantage of this program! I love this program and what it is doing for Barksdale.
Our providers pass 4 extensive background checks. They are also CPR and First Aid certified. They must pass extensive training in child abuse awareness, dispensing medication, and 4 classes of their choice in dealing with special needs children. Parents work one on one with the providers. Everything is the parents decision!
How to get Respite Care
Step by Step process for parents to start respite care.
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