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Respite Program

Eagle Valley Children's Home 
Respite Care Program

The Respite Care Program was implemented in 1985 and provides short-term, intermittent relief for the family or primary caregiver of a developmentally disabled person(s) living in their home. Respite Care is available on a planned or emergency basis. The Respite Worker brings the skills necessary to assure the family that the disabled person is safe and cared for appropriately.

Respite care is a recognition of the need “to get away” that families/primary caregivers have, and provides a means for them to do it. Respite can be used for many things such as going to the grocery store, going to scheduled appointments, running errands, a night on the town, and other activities that the family enjoys.

We currently serve about 60 families in six counties in Northern Nevada. The most common populations we serve include Cerebral Palsy, Autism/Asperger’s Syndrome, Intellectual Disability, Seizure Disorders, Medically fragile.

Our mission is to support family unity. Eliminate isolation and create a normalized life. Prevent child abuse and neglect from the unbearable stress felt by parents and caretakers and prevent unwanted placement outside the home.

Respite care is provided for each family a minimum of 4 hours per respite and a maximum of 30 hours per month.

Am I Eligible for Your Respite Program?

Families become eligible for respite services when they are caring for one or more family member(s) who:


Has (have) a doctor′s certification of a developmental disability according to the current legal definition.


Does not require intensive care by licensed nursing personnel.


Has (have) needs within the scope of current Respite staff, and are consistent with program goals and philosophy.

Did you meet the requirements?

Our Respite Program Coordinator Brandy, is looking forward to hearing from you.

Respite Services

Daily Living Skills

Bathing, Dressing, Cooking, etc.


Siblings Included





Range of

Motion Therapy



Funding for this program comes from donations, grants, families fee for service (income-based sliding scale), and the Nevada Children’s Foundation, Inc. Respite services for up to 30 hours per month are available to qualified families living in NW Nevada in Washoe, Carson, Lyon, Douglas, Churchill or Storey counties.

Respite Services are available to qualified families for up to 30 hours per month and include:

  • Supervision (including sibling care)

  • Daily Living Skills

  • Recreational Activities

  • Behavior Management

  • Training for Caregivers

  • Information and Referrals

  • Community Outreach

Words from Our Clients


Eagle Valley Children's Home Respite Program has been a life-saver for my wife and I.

Taking care of twins with special needs was beyond difficult for us as new parents and when EVCH started providing Respite in our home it was a major turning point for our family. Being a parent of children with special needs is a 24/7 obligation that is overwhelming without assistance. Thank you Eagle Valley Children's Home for providing highly trained Respite workers whom we trust and welcome into our home like family.

- Kristoffer and Mariko Pfalmer


Normally it is not easy for us to leave our two children with anyone other than our immediate family. But with Eagle Valley Respite Program we can rest assured knowing that our girls are in well-trained, compassionate, competent hands. Eagle Valley works with our difficult circumstances with patience and diligence until we found a solution that worked for our daughters. 

We are grateful for every respite opportunity we have and our girls enjoy it too!

- Ashleigh Martinez

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