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Respite Care A Time to Refresh, Restore, and Renew

The Respite Care Program provides the opportunity for families of children with special health care needs, developmental delays and other disabilities a brief time to break away to refresh, restore and renew. It is important to take care of the caregiver. The Respite Care Program does this for you through our many programs.

Who We Are

A program to promote socialization and support between families of children with special health care needs. CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System’s Respite Care Program is a non-profit, grant-funded program through the Department of Health and Human Services’ Children with Special Health Care Needs Program. This program is sponsored by CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System, Children’s Miracle Network and various community partners.

Counties Served

  • Anderson
  • Angelina
  • Camp
  • Cherokee
  • Delta
  • Franklin
  • Gregg
  • Harrison
  • Henderson
  • Marion
  • Morris
  • Nacogdoches
  • Panola
  • Rains
  • Smith
  • Titus
  • Upshur
  • Van Zandt
  • Wood

Saturday Center-base respite provided in Gregg County, Smith County and Wood County.

What We Offer

Five (5) hours of Saturday Center-based respite in three different locations and one (1) Friday evening Center-based respite program each month. Center-based respite is a “Moms Day Out” style program. The children are provided arts/crafts, toys, games, technology, outdoor play, lunch and a snack. The Respite Care Program provides a chance for your special needs child to play with their peers as well as the many volunteers that are “buddies” for the day. Children are in a small classroom (5-7 children, maximum) with a teacher with specialized training for children with special needs. There is an RN/LVN on site at all times to meet the medication and treatment needs of the children attending.


Behavioral Innovations
701 Glencrest Lane
Longview, Texas 75601

First Baptist Church
204 North Johnson Street
Mineola, Texas 75773

Living for the Brand Cowboy Church
902 NE Loop 7
Athens, Texas 75751

24-48 Hours of In-Home Respite

The Respite Care Program pays for an Independent Contractor to provide respite services in the home. This program is intended to serve those families that do not have access to in-home respite through other state programs or waivers.

Moms Offering Moms Support Group

Moms Offering Moms Support Group provides support, encouragement, resources and information in an informal, fun and relaxed atmosphere.

Dads Support Group

Dads Support Group is for fathers, grandfathers and male caretakers of children with disabilities. It consists of guys hanging out together over a restaurant meal provided by a community partner that offers a masculine approach to the challenges of fathering special needs children.

Eligibility Requirements

In order to participate in the Respite Care Program, children must meet the first requirement and then any of the following requirements:

  • Children between the ages of 3 months and 21-years-old.
  • Reside in a home with family or guardian
  • Requires care above and beyond what is standard for a child of that age
  • Has a disability or chronic condition causing mental or physical impairment
  • Free from communicable disease
  • Living at home a minimum of two weeks following any hospital stay
  • Medically stable Anyone with cystic fibrosis

Services Access

Eligible families must complete a registration application packet. (Click here for application)
Families receiving respite services from other state/local agency are encouraged to use those resources first
The Respite Care Program does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin (including limited English proficiency), religion, disability, age, sex or the inability to pay.

For more information please contact:

Teri Heller
Project Manager
Respite Care

Additional Resources

Andrew Center Behavioral Mental Health Care Services Department of Health Human Services

ARC of Smith County Disability * Gov

ARC of Gregg County East Texas Down Syndrome

Children with Special Health Care Needs Program Individualized Disability Education Act

Department of Aging and Disability National Autism Association

Department of Rehabilitation Autism Response Team

Department of State Health Services Texas Parent 2 Parent

Texas Special Education Texas Talking Books Program 

Texas Summer Camps