Respite Care

Military families coping with the stress of a deployment or who are caring for a special needs family member may be eligible for limited amounts of free hourly child care. The Army offers a respite care program for families of deployed Soldiers, as well as families of wounded warriors and fallen service members. The number of hours provided will vary depending on the status of the service member. Army Families can contact Child Care Aware to learn more and find out if they are eligible.

Military families with a family member enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) may be eligible to receive free respite care for their special needs family member. Respite care allows families caring for a special needs family member to take a much-needed break, knowing that their loved one is being well taken care of. Each of the Services administers its own EFMP Respite Care program, with different eligibility requirements and hours of care provided.

Army families with a special needs family member may apply for the EFMP Respite Care program through their installation Army Community Service (ACS) office. Eligibility is determined by the installation EFMP Respite Care Panel. Families should visit Army OneSource for more information.

EFMP Respite Care Programs for Navy and Air Force are administered by Child Care Aware. Navy families stationed in the United States with a child enrolled in the EFMP and identified as category IV or V may be eligible for up to 40 hours per month of respite care. Air Force families assigned to select locations and who have children diagnosed with moderate or severe special needs under EFMP are eligible for up to 12 hours of free respite care per month.

Marine Corps families should contact their installation EFMP office for information about the Marine Corps EFMP Respite Care program. Effective October 1, 2013, family members classified as Level of Need (LoN) 3 or 4 are eligible to receive up to 20 hours of respite care per month. Click for more information about the Marine Corps EFMP Respite Care program.

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