Therapeutic Foster Care at Kennedy Krieger Institute.

iconSteps & Requirements to Become a Respite Care Provider

Six Steps to Becoming a Respite Care Provider:

In order to ensure that we’re matching the right children with the right families, there are six important steps to becoming a respite care provider.

Step One: Talk to a Kennedy Krieger therapeutic foster parent recruiter at 443-923-3811
Step Two: Attend an information meeting, where you will meet your recruiter and current foster parents and submit your application.
Step Three: Participate in an initial home visit and interview
Step Four: Attend and successfully complete pre-service training
Step Five: Participate in a follow-up home study
Step Six: Receive certification as a Kennedy Krieger Institute respite care provider.

The Requirements:

In order to become certified as a respite care provider, you must meet state licensing requirements. These include:

You must also sign agreements relating to the use of firearms, child abuse and neglect, discipline, and providing respite and/or foster care.

How to Contact Us

If you are interested in making a difference in the life of a child by becoming a respite care provider, please call Amy Meyerl at 443-923-5985 or email

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