Join us on our mission to bring desperately needed children’s respite homes to every state in America.
Why respite homes matter
As a dad of a medically fragile child, I know firsthand how exhausting intense caregiving round-the-clock becomes. To have a short break for rest and sleep, we needed to trust that whoever we allowed to care for Ryan would do so safely and as we would. We quickly realized that overnight children’s respite services are very limited in the United States. That’s why my wife Holly and I cofounded Ryan House in Phoenix, and why I’m so passionate to now lead the National Center and rally others around “Children’s Respite Homes of America”. To help other communities get a house open and stay open so that more families like ours can finally get some much-needed sleep to better care for their children.
Please join us in our efforts to make sure every family with a medically fragile child has access to the respite services they so desperately seek
“My son Ryan is my north star. He left a legacy and continues to inspire so many. He fuels my passion every day and I will not stop until others get the sense of community, care, and love that we had.”
A community-based children's respite home is an extension of home and a temporary haven.
The U.S. is Lagging
These important care models started in England in the early 1980’s, and today the UK has over 54 homes providing access to families. Other countries including Canada, have also recognized the need and expanded access.
For a country like the USA with a population 5 times greater than the UK’s, we should have at least 266 homes already – yet there are only a handful.
+266 = LAGGING
How We Help
Families whose children are living with cancer, muscular dystrophy, severe cystic fibrosis, brain malformations, and the list goes on and on with a myriad of rare genetic conditions, need our help NOW!
Direct support to communities who serve families and medically fragile children: Your contribution aids passionate leaders across the U.S. in building and managing children’s respite homes. Your donation gives them essential tools, expert advice, and the guidance needed to create these vital community resources.
Education and awareness: We spread awareness and provide knowledge to help families and children who need a respite home. Discover the impact of your support in shaping policies, enriching our knowledge base, and informing the public about the critical need.
Advocacy for accessible care: Our work involves advocating for more accessible respite care across the United States. We aim to bridge the substantial care gap for the 2 million children and their families needing these services.
Facilitating progress and change: By sharing stories and successes, we highlight the progress made in communities nationwide. We celebrate the strides taken by passionate people who demonstrate the powerful impact of community-driven efforts.
Meet the founders of U.S. children's respite homes and families being served
Click the green 'Play' button in the center to view our interactive map of current and future care homes
Let's build a children's respite home in your community
There are passionate leaders emerging in markets where medically fragile children and their families greatly need a respite home in their city. Together we can help them open their programs, and stay open, to fill this gap.
Kim, Suzanne, and Kathleen are three of those many emerging market leaders.
Learn more about the need in your community and how you can help!
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