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Provide Respite Care

If you’re interested in helping a child with special needs, but just aren’t able to become a full-time foster parent, then working as a respite care provider may be perfect for you. Many of our respite care providers want to care for a child for short periods of time - during the day, weekends, or even for a week - which can be a huge help to our foster or adoptive parents who need a break.

To become a respite care provider, you do not have to have experience with children with disabilities, just a desire and willingness to be involved in a child’s life. Respite providers receive specialized training, financial compensation, and 24-hour support from our licensed staff. See calendar for all support group meeting dates.

So if you’re ready to help a family in need, read our Steps & Requirements to Become a Respite Care Provider.

Contact Us:

If you are interested in making a difference in the life of a child by becoming a respite care provider, please call MarLear Alston at (443) 923-3802 or email

Bradley L. Schlaggar, M.D., Ph.D., Named President and CEO of Kennedy Krieger Institute

We’re thrilled to welcome Bradley L. Schlaggar, M.D., Ph.D., to the Kennedy Krieger family as our next President and CEO.

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