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Family Support Services: Respite Care (Empower U)

(551) 202-4100

Family Support Services: Respite Care (Empower U)

While respite care is designed by State definition to provide parents of children with developmental disabilities a "break", Empower U's belief is that this experience can be on for the children that builds on skills, abilities, confidence, and behavior.

Empower U is well known for our respite services and Agency After School programs for DDD Youth where our highly trained Respite Technicians provide therapeutic programming with fun in mind.  We have multiple sites in various counties!  These services are designed to provide supervision so families raising children with autism can rest and recharge while the needs of the youth are met by our supports.

Empower U understands that transportation can be a barrier for families in regard to obtaining services, therefore we provide FREE TRANSPORTATION for ALL Respite Programs.  

We offer 3 distinct respite care types that can be flexibly applied to meet the needs of each child and family we serve.

  1. Agency Hired Respite – Agency hired respite is more of a personal one to one service for children whose needs may range from mentoring through assistance with activities of daily living.
  2. Agency Weekend Recreation – Agency weekend recreation is designed get children out into the community to engage others and participate in physical or recreational activities in a group setting.  Transportation and activity costs included.
  3. Agency After School – Agency After School offers a variety of learning opportunities to assist children with gross and fine motor skill development, socialization and social decision making skills, and coping skills.  Older participants (16 and older) may be eligible for supported employment internships in preparation for the mainstream workforce.  Lunch/Snack/or Dinner, activity/trip cost, and transportation included.

Contact the Family Support Services Enrollment or Operation Teams for more information: [email protected]     

Current Active MOU
  • Bergen CMO
Eligibility DD Eligible, FSS Eligible, Under 21
Age Groups
  • Children
  • Adolescents
  • Adults
  • Seniors
Community Services
Arts & Recreation
Basic Needs / Assistance
Employment / Training
Family & Support Services
Health Services
Behavioral / Mental Health
Crisis / Safety
Intellectual and Developmental Needs
Payment Options
  • DCP&P Contracted Service
  • Medicaid
  • State Funding
  • System of Care (CSOCI Medicaid / FlexFunds)
Language Spoken
  • Arabic
  • Creole
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
Areas Served
  • Bergen County

Last Updated: 04/28/21