In Dec 2013 the U.S. Air Force Exceptional Family Member Program launched the Respite Care program for active-duty families enrolled in EFMP. Luke Air Force Base was one of 22 bases selected to participate.
Respite Care was created in response to family members needing a caretaker to watch their child while they were out of the house. The program provides a qualified caregiver to EFMP families, free of charge, for up to 12 hours per month. Need to food shop? Have a medical appointment? Or do you want to go to the movies? Whatever the reason, a qualified EFMP caregiver is available to watch your child, giving you peace of mind while you are away from the home.
EFM children are from birth through age 18 with severe to moderate needs. To qualify for Respite Care, families must be enrolled in the program. An EFM child’s sibling from birth to age 12 is also eligible to receive respite care. The service member or adult dependent can fill out the application for respite and have the primary care manager sign the forms and return them to the EFMP manager at the Airman & Family Readiness Center. The EFMP manager will send all signed documents to the contractor at Child Care Aware, who will process the applications and match families with a trained, background-checked provider.
Since the inception of the program, six families at Luke have enrolled in Respite Care and one family member is now taking advantage of the free 12-hour respite care services. There are four trained providers standing by to provide services to the EFMP families. The EFMP is constantly recruiting providers and encouraging eligible families to sign up for the program.
For more information on the EFMP free 12-hour monthly Respite Care program, call Marjorie Thompson, EFMP-FS, at 623-856-6841, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.