Respite Care Resources for Autism Caregivers

Respite Care Resources for Autism Caregivers

Acorn Child Care Center - Good Shepard

4815 W. 155th St.
Oak Forest, IL

Provides child care for individuals 6 months - 13 years; inclusive environment for both children who are typically development and with developmental disabilities. Staff have specialized training in caring for children with disabilities.  

Alden Village North – Respite program

7464 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60626 

The Alden Village Health Facility for Children and Adults can help you by providing respite care when you are going on vacation, need to make time for other obligations, or if you simply need a break. Private pay only.

Association for Individual Development (AID)

309 New Indian Trail Court, Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 966-4000

AID offers support to Kane and Kendall county families of children and adults with disabilities. Visit website or FAQ for more detailed information.

Child services include: in-home care to children to prevent the child from being placed into more restrictive care. Additionally, AID offers behavioral health support including psychiatric assessment and medication management and outpatient therapy. 

Adult services include: in-home care for training and support (through Adult Waiver), vocational training, skill training, paid work opportunities, community integration and employment to individuals. Additionally, day program services (The STARS Program & the Autism Program) focused on active community integration, volunteer work and fitness activities for participants and residential services are available.


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 
ngleside, 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 Intervnetion (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.

Clearbrook Respite Program

Tina Yurik
1835 West Central Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Phone: (847) 653-6635 ext 28

Clearbrook’s Take a Break Volunteer Program is the only program in the state to utilize trained volunteers as respite caregivers. Clearbrook provides support to families that live in northern Cook County, Lake County and DuPage County. Clearbrook also created the Take a Break in the Afternoon Program that provides supervised support to families waiting to be matched with an in-home volunteer along with families who would like their children to participate in a stay and play program staffed by Clearbrook staff and trained volunteers. Clearbrook’s in-home program provides each family with four hours of weekly respite in their homes.

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.

Connect PLAY at Lawrence Hall

Renee Lehocky        
Between Albany Park and Lincoln Square on Lawrence

Connect PLAY offers safe and fun, small after school playgroups for children on the spectrum, with caring, expert staff leading activities tailored to each individual child. Let Connect PLAY lighten your load for an afternoon and call for an assessment today!

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

Through this program, our agency provides short-term, intermittent care for persons with a diagnosis of Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy, or Intellectual / Developmental Disabilities in their natural, guardian or foster family home.  Our staff is sent into the family home to provide care for the individual with special needs, as well as any siblings under the age of 18.  This allows the primary caregivers the opportunity to attend community events with the comforting knowledge that their children are being well cared for in their absence.

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.

Jill’s House Windy City

Open to all Chicaogland families


Jill’s House is a non-profit organization that offers respite to families of children with intellectual disabilities through a weekend adventure program. At Weekend Adventures children (ages 6-17) get to experience an all inclusive camp weekend uniquely tailored to their needs. At the same time, their parents get a weekend to have some much needed rest and relaxation. During the camp weekend our campers are surrounded by onsite medical staff, client care specialists, and one-on-one buddies. Camps happen throughout the year in Lake Geneva, WI and transportation is provided from Libertyville, IL. 

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
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.


Marni Sommerfield
3210 Dundee Road
Northbrook, IL
Phone: (847) 205-0274

Ages: Parent Night Out K-22; Northbrook Afterschool K-8; Skokie Afterschool 9-22

Parent Night Out occurs once a month on Tuesdays in Skokie from 4:30-7:30. Activities include movies, dinner, bowling, work out sessions, and more! Our after school programs are weekly on Tuesdays in Skokie from 2:45-4:30 and Thursdays in Northbrook from 2:45-3:30. Activities include cooking, yoga, music, art, and more!

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.

Park Lawn

10833 S. LaPorte
Oak Lawn, IL 60453
Phone: (708) 425-7377

Services include day programming, vocational and employment training, and personal support workers, as well as counseling, speech and language, occupational and physical therapy.

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.

Respite Education & Support Tools (REST)

Become a Volunteer Respite Care Worker
St. Alexius Medical Center
1555 Barrington Road
Hoffman Estates, IL 60169

Lisa Esposito, REST coordinator
(630) 397-5656;

Jenna Olznoi, IL REST program coodinator
(630) 397-5662:

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.

Rockin the Spectrum

Respite Care Services
Elizabeth – 224-538-9736 
Located in Antioch – They serve, McHenry, DuPage, Cook and Lake Counties

Offering in-home support and care for your loved ones with disabilities, specializing in Autism. Services include: Respite/Care for all ages, Daily Living Skills training/Personal Support Worke, Parents support group and siblings support group.

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.

Trinity Services, Inc. - Respite Care

301 Veterans Parkway  New Lenox, IL 60451

A request for services can be filled out HERE or via phone or email 

Respite care for any individual over the age of 3 who has a confirmed diagnosis of a developmental disability and does not currently receive any other funding for in-home supports may qualify for in-home respite. The purpose of Trinity’s In-Home Respite Program is to offer intermittent care for an individual with a developmental disability in the comfort of his or her own home, providing relief to the primary caregiver. Respite hours are determined by client needs, funding, worker availability and location. In-home respite care is funded through a grant from the Illinois Department of Human Services, so there is no cost to families receiving respite. Each qualified participant is limited to 360 hours of respite care per year.

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.