Who Is This For?
The Planned Out of Home Respite Program is directed to the highest needs, multiple special needs children (under 18 years of age) with physical and/or developmental disabilities living at home with their parents.
Multiple Special Needs
Children with multiple special needs are defined as children who have more than one disability-related need for which they require support to participate in activities of daily living, school and play.
A developmental disability is defined as a condition of mental impairment present or occurring during a person’s formative years, that is associated with limitations in adaptive behaviour.
Developmental disabilities include children with Autism and children with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI). Other examples include developmental disability associated with Down Syndrome or Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.
Who Is Eligible?
An eligible child must meet the following criteria:
Be under 18 years of age and living at home with their parents
Have more than one disability-related need resulting from a physical and/or developmental disability that requires support for participation in activities of daily living, school and play.
Also, at least one of the following should apply:
Without planned Out of Home Respite support to their families, the child would require a long-term residential placement
The child’s family is at potential risk of breakdown unless regular, planned Out of Home Respite is provided
The child would be at serious and imminent risk of harm to him/herself or others unless planned Out of Home Respite is provided.
How Does Out of Home Respite Help Families?
- To reduce pressure and stress on families of children with high needs, multiple special needs.
- To increase planned Out of Home Respite to high needs, multiple special needs children with physical and/or developmental needs by addressing local respite service gaps within the allocated resources.
- To lessen the need for more intensive/intrusive services to families of high needs, multiple special needs children in the future.
- To allow parents to be creative and flexible in responding to the individual child and family needs.
- To offer opportunity to the child to develop social, recreational and life skills outside the family home.
How do Families Apply?
Families apply for Planned Out of Home Respite services by contacting the Intake Case Manager at the FIREFLY office in, or closest to their home community. Click here for the office near to you.
The Planned Out of Home Respite program covers the entire Kenora/Rainy River District including First Nations Communities.