Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) Respite Care
The U.S. Air Force EFMP has established a quality respite child care program for families with children having special needs and who are enrolled in the USAF EFMP. Respite Child Care is specially designed for Air Force families who have children diagnosed with moderate or severe special needs. Visit the website or call Child Care Aware at 1-800-424-2246 for more information.
Extended Care Health Option (ECHO)
Families may be eligible for Respite Care through the ECHO program. Please contact your ECHO caseworker or the SNIAC office for details
Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) Respite Care
- Allows a "break" of a few hours a week or month to active-duty Air Force families who have the responsibility of 24-hour a day care for an ill or disabled family member living in the household. Assistance is based on need - the need for some time away from the normal care duties, as well as financial need, and is given as a grant. The goal is to allow respite time while finances are adjusted to work toward budgeting for self financed care and/or enrollment into another available military or community resource
- Families are referred to the AFAS for Respite Care through the Special Needs Identification and Assignment Coordination Program (SNIAC) or the Family Advocacy Office (FAO) at the base Medical Clinic. The sponsor should then make an appointment with the Air Force Aid Society Officer at the Airman and Family Readiness Center (247-2246)
Other AFAS Assistance
The AFAS may be able to assist families in other ways. Often out-of-pocket medical expenses put additional strains on an already tight budget. AFAS has found that many times merely helping with some past due medical expenses, purchasing some specialized equipment, or just getting them networked with a support group, can ease stress. Please contact the Airman and Family Readiness Center (A&FRC) for assistance.
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