Child Placement • Foster Care Services • Adoption Services • Foster Parent Support & Training

Families Especial in Texas, Foster Care, Child Placement, Adoption and Foster Parent Support & Training


Recognizing that foster parenting can be a challenging experience, FE encourages foster parents to take a “breather” from fostering.  This temporary relief from parenting responsibilities is called “respite” (less than 72 hours) or “Intermittent Alternate Care (IAC)” (72 or more hours).  All foster children in the home must be on respite/ IAC at the same time in order to meet the definition.



Respite Minimum Requirements:

Cleared Background Checks

21 years of age

CPR/First Aid Certification

Safe home environment with adequate sleeping space for children


In addition to the requirements listed above, IAC providers must meet the following:

Behavior Intervention Training

Psychotropic Med. Training

Negative TB screening

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