In his recent article Respite care for foster parents should not mean inferior care for foster children,
Professor Daniel Pollack discusses the benefits that respite care by another trained foster parent or other professional and provide to both foster parents and foster children. He emphasizes, however, some of the safeguards that should be in place to ensure that respite case is not second-rate care.
Some states (Nebraska, e.g.) require that child care providers used for children who are wards of the state must be licensed or approved by the department, and Central Register and law enforcement checks must be done on all respite providers. Some states (e.g., Wisconsin and Vermont mandate that formal respite care providers be held to a similar standard as foster parents, with safety being the key issue. Professor Pollack also cautions that there should be policy and procedural safeguards regarding issues of information sharing and confidentiality.
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Daniel Pollack is Professor at Yeshiva University’s School of in New York City, and a frequent expert witness in child welfare cases. He can be contacted at email@example.com, 212-960-0836. This article originally appeared in Policy & Practice, 70(6), 31.