Respite Care for Adults with Autism

Aspire Kids

"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.

85 Revere Drive, Suite B
Northbrook, IL 60062
(847) 564-0822
Serving: Lake, Cook, Kane, DuPage County

Provides home-based respite services to children with autism such as safe instructional care and play, maintaining IEP basic skills, and daily observational records for ages 2 and up. Insurance and private pay options.

Camp Red Leaf

26710 W Nippersink Rd 

Ingleside, IL 60041-8770


Week long youth (ages 9-17) and adult camp experiences are available at Camp Red Leaf throughout the summer months and weekend respite programs available throughout the year. Friendships blossom as campers choose between adaptable sports programs, arts and crafts, the ropes course and zip line, outdoor camping experiences, and lake and heated pool activities. With a camper counselor ratio of 2:1, experiences are as individualized as the campers themselves. Staff members adapt programming to reflect the varied levels, abilities, and needs of each camper while also creating a safe environment where campers are able to challenge themselves.

Center for Disability Services

311 South Reed Street
Joliet, IL 60436
(815) 744-3500

Provides in-home and overnight respite care if needed for both children and adults. The Respite Care Program allows a primary caregiver occasional respite by providing families with up to 180 hours of in-home care annually for their family member with developmental disabilities. Must be receiving home-based waiver for services.

The Children's Place Association

Gloria Gordon
700 N Sacramento Blvd #300
Chicago, IL 60612
(773) 826-1230

Provides Early Intervention (birth - age 3), as well as case management, individual and family therapy and respite services to children with special needs birth - 12 years old and their families. Group therapy and summer programming also available.

Community Support Services

9021 Ogden Ave.
Brookfield, IL 60513
(708) 354-4547

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 for children 3 years and older.

Little City Countryside Association for People with Disabilities

2360 Palmer Dr.
Schaumburg, IL
(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.

El Valor

Main Office: (312) 666-4511

  • Cicero: 2434 S Kildare Ave, Chicago, IL 60623
  • Pilsen: 1951 W 19th St, Chicago, IL 60608
  • South Chicago: 3050 E 92nd St, Chicago, IL 60617

Child: Early Intervention, Head Start, Preschool and programming for early childhood

Adult: Programming includes day programs, vocational training and long-term residential housing


Nicole Zanon-Tocki
3504 Commercial Ave.
Northbrook, IL 60062
847-272-5111 x613

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; all ages

Good Shepherd Center for Exceptional Children

17314 Kedzie Ave.
Hazelcrest, IL 60429
(708) 335-0020 x3722

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, Northern Will County, Beverely, Mt. Greenwood, and Morgan Park; will soon include Romeoville and Joliet areas. No cost; PUNS funding not required. Additionally, provides in-home waiver services for adults and children. 

Illinois Respite Coalition

(630) 207-8479

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.

Joy Faith Knapp Children's Center

3145 W. Pratt Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60645
855-ASK-JCFS (855-275-5237)

Respite Programs for Families with Special Needs
Allison Rodenhouse

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
Contact: Emily Tegenkamp

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.

Little City - Respite Program

Virginia Lisy
847-540-3774 or 847-652-2241

Respite workers provide one-to-one care for the client right in their own home. Respite is open to people who are 5 years old and up who lives in Lake, Northern Cook and McHenry counties with an intellectual or developmental disability; individual must be medically stable and not demonstrate significant harm to self or others. Provides relief to family members who care for individuals or when emergencies occur that take care-givers away from the home for short periods. Workers are skilled at promoting daily living skills, offering recreational activities and encouraging appropriate social skills. The amount of hours a family can use Respite services per month can vary. In Home Respite Services are free to the family because of the state grants. The family needs to find a worker for their child and Little City will screen and train the worker under the state guidelines. The worker will be a Little City employee.

Little Friends Center for Autism, Inc.

Held at Krejci Academy
619 E. Franklin
Naperville, IL 60540

Little Friends’ newly added Respite Program offers caregivers time for rest and relief from challenges associated with raising a child with special needs. The program offers multi-week sessions for children with special needs and their siblings featuring indoor and outdoor activities and socialization opportunities.

Weekly - Kids & Sibs
Saturdays - Mixed Ages 
Cost: $10 

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. Available to all ages. 

North Center

5104 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60641
(773) 777-4111

Provides home-based respite care services for children and adolescents with autism. Fifteen hours per month per individual (360/year, resets each year). Can provide respite workers (may be a wait) or provide training to a respite worker of family's choosing. 

Ages: Birth and up.
Cost: None; state funded.

Opportunity House

357 N. California Street
Sycamore, IL 
Phone: (815) 895-9840

Not-for-profit, provides job placement, supported employment, work services, developmental training, special olympics, recreation, residential living, and respite.

Orchard Village

7660 Gross Point Road
Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: (847) 967-1800

We serve individuals with a wide range of disabilities through our Residential, Vocational, Intermittent, Transition, Respite, Specialized Services, Orchard Academy and Seniors programs.

Pioneer Center for Human Services

4031 W Dayton St
McHenry, IL 60050
Phone: (815) 344-1230

Pioneer Center’s Respite Program offers the parents or caregivers of an individual with a developmental disability, cerebral palsy and/or epilepsy a reprieve from caring for their loved one.

Shore Community Services

1827 Brummel St
Evanston, IL 60202
(847) 864-5980

8350 Laramie Ave.
Skokie, IL 60077
(847) 982-2030

Respite care services are designed to provide the support necessary to maintain persons with an intellectual or other developmental disability in the least restrictive setting possible, their own home.

UCP Seguin of Greater Chicago

3100 S. Central Ave
Cicero, IL 60804
Phone: (708) 863-3803

Activities included in the In-Home Respite program are designed to improve the independent living skills of individuals served, and to pave the way for future opportunities to live within the community away from their family home.

Where Reality is Respect, Appreciation and Fulfillment (RRAF)

613 South Main Street
Lombard, IL  60148
Phone: (630) 495-7723

We are a non profit agency located in the western suburbs of Chicago. Our mission is to support adults with developmental disabilities and their families by providing on-site and community based day programming, in-home support, and overnight respite care.