Respite Services

Respite Services

Respite services provide family members with a short-term, positive break from the day-today care of a challenging child/youth.

Respite is a safe and enjoyable experience that builds on the strengths of the child and the family. Respite is not a treatment program: Children will not have access to clinical resources such as family therapy, psychological or psychiatric assessment.

Respite is only offered on a planned basis.

Free Respite Services

Craigwood Youth Services, Vanier, and WAYS Mental Health Support all provide day and weekend overnight respite for children and youth age 6 to 18 years who live in London-Middlesex.

Day respite -- Saturdays and Sundays and some school holidays for 5 hours per day 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Overnight respite -- Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon in 2, 24-hour blocks.

Eligible children/youth are:

  • currently receiving services from a Children's Mental Health Centre
  • on a waiting list for Mental Health Services (including residential)
  • involved in Wraparound

How do I apply?

Call 519-433-0334 to request either day or overnight respite services.

Fee-for-Service Specialized Respite Services

Vanier offers an overnight respite service at our residential units for children with mental health issues. It is available in 24 or 48-hour blocks from Friday afternoon until Sunday afternoon on a fee-for-service basis.

Eligible children/youth are:

  • age 6 to 14 and have exceptional behavioural and emotional needs
  • not developmentally handicapped, not actively suicidal or not currently "out-of-control"
  • currently live in Middlesex, Oxford, Elgin, Lambton, Huron-Perth counties

How do I apply?

Contact Deb Timmermans.

Community-based Respite

Community-based Respite offers specialized one-to-one support by a qualified and experienced Child & Youth Counsellor for a child within your home and community.

This service has an hourly fee. Typically, service is offered for 6 to 35 hours per week.

Eligible children/youth are:

  • up to age 14 who are experiencing significant mental health challenges
  • currently living within a family setting in Middlesex, Oxford, and Elgin counties

How do I apply?

Contact Judy Jones.