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Autism Respite Care

Abraham Lincoln Centre
Minnie Miles, program director
4455 S. Martin Luther King Drive
Chicago, IL 60653
(773) 373-6600
Cook County
Home-based respite care provides temporary relief to families, parents and caretakers of children and adults with autism. Referrals for home-based respite care can be made directly by families and/or providers. Service area: bounded by Roosevelt Road to the north, 95th Street to the south, from the lake on the east to the Dan Ryan expressway west.
Respite hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Ages: birth and up.
Cost: none; state funded.
Approx. three-month wait list.

Aspire Children's Service
"Taking Time" Respite Program
Paula Cox
1815 Wolf Road
Hillside, IL 60162
(708) 236-0979
Cook County
Provides home-based respite services to assist people with developmental disabilities and their families. Only open to families who have children receiving therapy at Aspire.
Ages: birth to 8 years.
Private and public insurance accepted.
Wait list.

Association for Individual Development
Debbie Ortiz
309 W. New Indian Trail Court
Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 966-4050
Kane County
Provides home-based and out-of-home respite services.
Ages: 3 years and up.
Private and public insurance accepted.
Wait list (call to inquire).

Autism Home Support Services, Inc.
Laura McKee
85 Revere Drive, Suite AA
Northbrook, IL 60062
(847) 564-0822
Serving: Lake, Cook and DuPage Counties
Provides home-based respite services to children with autism such as safe instructional care and play, maintaining IEP basic skills, and daily observational records.
Ages: 2 years and up.
Private insurance accepted.
Cost: $25/$40/$65/$99 (hourly rate depeding on service level).
No wait list.

The Children's Place Association
Gloria Gordon
3059 W. Augusta Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 826-1230
Cook County
Provides respite services to children with special needs.
Ages: birth to 12 years.
Cost: none; funded by DHS.
No wait list.

Community Support Services
9021 Ogden Ave.
Brookfield, IL 60513
(708) 354-4547
Cook County
Provides home-based respite services to assist people with developmental disabilities and their families (3-hour maximum). They work with each participant to develop self-esteem, independent living skills, social skills and greater participation in community life. They provide family members a break from care-taking, which helps reduce stress and improves family functioning. Respite services are available to any child or adult with a developmental disability and their family, who lives within their service area. For more information.
Ages: 3 years and up.
Wait list (call to inquire).

Countryside Association for People with Disabilities
Julie Hedlund, coordinator
21154 W. Shirley Road
Palatine, IL 60074-2028
(847) 438-8799
Serving: Northern, Cook and McHenry Counties.
Provides home-based respite services that are designed to help maintain children or adults with disabilities in their home environment as an alternative to residential placement. Provides relief to family members who care for individuals or when emergencies occur that take care-givers away from the home for short periods. Respite seeks to maintain and support routines that have been established in the home. Workers are skilled at promoting daily living skills, offering recreational activities and encouraging appropriate social skills. Twelve respite hours per month.
Ages: birth and up.
Cost: call to inquire.
Current wait list - one-hundred people on list. Call to inquire.

Shayna Green
3504 Commercial Ave.
Northbrook, IL 60062
(847) 400-8540, ext. 559
Cook County
Program combines home-based services and the supported living services. Services include: HBS Services Facilitator, personal support workers, day services, respite care, skilled nursing, behavioral services, counseling, speech, physical and occupational therapies, transportation, adaptive equipment and accessibility modifications. Eligibility: DD diagnosis.
Ages: birth and up.
Cost: funded by DHS.
6-week wait list.

Good Shepherd Center for Exceptional Children
17314 Kedzie Ave.
Hazelcrest, IL 60429
(708) 335-0020, ext. 22
Cook County
Provides short-term home-based respite services for persons with developmental disabilities in their natural, guardian, or foster family home. Must be a resident of South Suburban Cook County.
Ages: birth to 18 years.
Cost: none; state funded.
No wait list.

Illinois Respite Coalition
Rebecca Galvan
Statewide Respite Coordinator
4015 North Oak Park Ave.
Chicago, IL 60634
(630) 207-8479 (cell)
(773) 205-3627 (office)
DuPage County
In every community across the state of Illinois, family members are becoming caregivers for their loved ones, the Illinois Respite Coalition is here to help. The IRC is dedicated to increasing public awareness on the importance of Lifespan Respite. We provide additional support to caregivers across Illinois through referrals to respite providers in their area, trainings for caregivers, and a variety of other resources.

Little Friends, Inc.
Lifeskills Training Center for Children with Autism (LTCCA)
Saturday Respite Program

Erica Sokol, respite coordinator
851 Bloomingdale Road
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
(630) 690-7293
DuPage County
Saturday Respite Program provides adolescents with Asperger's or high functioning children diagnosed with autism with age-appropriate, socio-recreational activities with other children during the day.
When: Your child will receive one Saturday per month of respite services.
Ages: 5 to 18 years.
Cost: $30 (per Saturday).

Lutheran Social Services of Illinois
Greer Ann Hamblet, program coordinator
4840 W. Byron St.
Chicago, IL 60641
(847) 390-1422 or (630) 664-8876 (emergency)
Serving: Metro Chicago, Will, Kane and McHenry Counties.
Respite services provide caregivers with the peace of mind, knowing that when they have an emergency or need a short break, their loved one is provided with care in a licensed, caring facility.
Respite hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Ages: birth and up.
Cost: none; state funded.
Possible wait list.

Meetup Mothers of Autism
Summer babysitting at my house or at yours. If you need to run errands, have to work, or are just going out with your significant other, please contact us through the group web site.
For more information, contact Shari or Ginger. 
Cost: $8 (hourly rate).

NIA Comprehensive Center Intermission
Adrianne Lawson, respite supervisor
1808 S. State St.
Chicago, IL 60616-1611
(312) 949-1808, ext. 19
Cook County
Provides home-based respite care. Family can receive up to 7-10 hours per week per individual. Also provides vacation respite services (up to 5 days/24 hrs.).
Ages: birth and up.
Cost: none; state funded.
1-year wait list.

North Center
Linda Parker
5104 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60641
(773) 777-4111
Cook County
Provides home-based respite care services for children and adolescents with autism. Fifteen hours per month per individual.
Ages: birth and up.
Cost: none; state funded.
1-month wait list.

A Place for Children
Alexandra Koroleva-Regalado, MEd
2425 W. Pratt Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60645
(847) 387-5342
Cook County

Second location:
7830 W. North Ave.
Elmwood Park, IL 60707
Cook County
If your child is in a daycare part-time or full-time, a therapist can go out to the daycare to help the child generalize the skills being learned in the home and learn how to interact with peers and other adults. The daycare must allow for the therapists to come into their classrooms.
Ages: birth to 10 years.
Private insurance accepted (BCBS).
Possible wait list.

Respite Education & Support Tools (REST)
Become a Volunteer Respite Care Worker

Lisa Esposito, REST coordinator
(630) 397-5656
Jenna Olznoi, IL REST program coodinator
(630) 397-5662
Where: St. Alexius Medical Center
1555 Barrington Road
Hoffman Estates, IL 60169
When: Saturday, July 18, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Become a volunteer respite care worker. REST, respite education and support tools, is a unique, interactive training program, where you will receive the education and tools needed to be confident and successful in providing respite care to adults and children. Lunch and snacks will be provided. The Illinois Department of Human Services has approved the REST volunteer respite worker course for 6.75 CE hours. For more information.

Respite Programs for Families with Special Needs
Joy Faith Knapp Children's Center

3145 W. Pratt Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60645
Cook County
Allison Rodenhouse
(855) 275-5237
JCFS’ Respite program helps decrease a family’s stress level, provide social and recreational outlets for children and improves the overall functioning of the family. Our respite program takes a supportive and nurturing approach, which enhances a child’s growth and development, while providing parents short-term relief. We offer many types of Respite scenarios for parents who need a little “me time” throughout the year. Programs are provided for children and adults and include community and home-based support services for clients with developmental and/or mental health diagnoses, Sunday group respite services, and family respite weekends. There is currently a waiting list for Respite Services. Please call for information.

Family Commons
Joy Faith Knapp Children's Center

Contact: Emily Tegenkamp
3145 W. Pratt Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60645
Cook County
855-ASK-JCFS (855-275-5237)
email: or go to:
JCFS’ Family Commons is your one-stop shop for family fun: It’s a single location with tons of recreational activities and classes where children with special needs can play and learn alongside one another, while parents can relax or enjoy a class of their own. With a wide range of sports, mind-body classes, therapeutic arts, healthy cooking and life skills classes for children and adults, Family Commons targets the physical health, social aptitude and skill-building needs of children. Yet, the program taps into everyone’s creativity, and is just plain fun for the entire family.

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