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Respite Prospective Providers

Respite is a planned opportunity for resource/adoptive parents to take a break with the goal of strengthening and supporting their family.  

Respite can be provided by a family member, friend, neighbor, church member, or even from someone in the community who you may not know personally, as long as they have become a certified respite provider through Southern Christian Services. 

If you or someone you know (family, friend, neighbor, church member, etc.) is interested in becoming a Certified Respite Provider, and can meet the requirements listed below, please register for the Respite Provider training on one of the dates indicated.  This is the first step in the process of becoming a Certified Respite Provider. 


Requirements are:

·         Must be 21 years of age or older.

·         Must rent or own your residence with adequate sleeping accommodations.

·         Married or single, living without another unrelated adult.

·         Homes may have no more than a total of 5 children, including biological, adopted, and/or respite youth.

·         Take a TB test with results indicating a negative reading.

·         All prospective respite providers and any member of the household ages 14 years and older, will be required to pass background checks. 

·         Have a valid MS driver’s license and current automobile insurance.

·         Willing to provide 3 references.

·         Must receive a satisfactory home environment check.

·         Complete training in CPR/First Aid.

MARCH 13, 2024 (1:00 PM- 3:00 PM)

APRIL 6, 2024 (9:00 AM - 11:00 AM)

MAY 8, 2024 (8:00 AM - 10:00 AM)

JUNE 12, 2024 (1:00 PM - 3:00 PM)

JULY 13, 2024 (9:00 AM - 11:00 AM)

AUGUST 14, 2024 (8:00 AM - 10:00 AM)

SEPTEMBER 11, 2024 (1:00 PM - 3:00 PM)

Upcoming Respite Classes

For Prospective Respite Providers

Respite Permanency Coordinator


Molly Hendren, B.S.W.

Respite/Permanency Coordinator, West 

Cost: Free

Respite Permanency Coordinator, East


Lauren Allen, B.S.W.

Respite/Permanency Coordinator, East

Cost: Free

For more information about Respite, please email us at 

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