Private Organization Accreditation

Family Services of Southeast Texas strengthens families through accessible, affordable counseling services and education for issues affecting family life, mental health and employment.  We also provide comprehensive domestic violence shelter and support services.


Audrey Coleman, RN-MSN

Volunteer Roles: Military Reviewer; Peer Reviewer; Team Leader

My first experience with COA was in 1999 with what was a NC Area Program. I started as a peer reviewer in 2005, doing two to four site visits a year. I am also a team leader and have recently been approved to be a military reviewer.
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Children in Family Foster Care and Kinship Care live in safe, stable, nurturing, and typically temporary family settings that best provide the continuity of care to preserve relationships, promote well-being, and ensure permanency.

PA-FKC 18: Respite Care

Respite care reduces caregiver stress and promotes the stability of placements.

Note: If care is going to continue for an indefinite period of time, the notice and placement preferences in the Indian Child Welfare Act may apply.

NA The agency does not provide respite care in its resource family homes.

Table of Evidence

Self-Study Evidence On-Site Evidence On-Site Activities
    • A description of respite services, including number of children permitted in respite care homes
    • Guidelines for the review of respite care options with resource families
    • Procedures and criteria for matching children with respite caregivers
    • Procedures for providing respite services in response to a crisis
    • Health and safety procedures and protocols
    • Informational materials regarding the respite care program
    • Interview:
      1. Program director
      2. Relevant personnel
      3. Respite caregivers
      4. Resource parents
    • Review case records

  • PA-FKC 18.01

    Respite care options are reviewed with resource parents prior to placement and on a regular basis.

  • FP
    PA-FKC 18.02

    Children are matched with respite caregivers who can meet their needs, and: 
    1. are familiar with their daily routines, preferred foods and activities, and needed therapeutic or medical care; and 
    2. respect their culture, race, ethnicity, language, religion, gender identity, and sexual orientation.

    Interpretation: Children who require therapeutic or medical treatment should be matched with a caregiver that has appropriate skills and qualifications.

  • PA-FKC 18.03

    Respite caregivers offer enriching activities appropriate to the interests, age, development, physical abilities, interpersonal characteristics, culture, and special needs of children.

    Interpretation: When children are involved in regular therapeutic, educational, or employment activities, respite caregivers work with the resource parents to plan for continued participation.

  • FP
    PA-FKC 18.04

    When respite care is provided in response to a crisis, the agency provides needed developmentally, culturally, and age-appropriate interventions to help children cope with trauma or stress associated with the crisis.

    NA The agency does not provide respite care in its resource homes in crisis situations.

  • FP
    PA-FKC 18.05

    Respite caregiver homes have no more than: 
    1. five children with no more than two children under age two; or 
    2. two foster children in treatment foster care.

    Interpretation: Resource parents are expected to meet the same criteria with respect to the total number of children able to reside within the family home regardless of whether children join the family for traditional foster care placement or temporary respite care placement. Exceptions to the total number of children approved to reside with the family are usually considered only to accommodate sibling groups, kinship care placements, or if the home is specially licensed by the state or tribe to care for more children. 

    Interpretation: When overnight care is provided, accommodations include sleeping arrangements appropriate to the number, age, special needs, and gender of the individuals in the home.

  • FP
    PA-FKC 18.06

    When children in respite care experience accidents, health problems, or changes in appearance or behavior, information is promptly recorded and reported to the resource parents and administration, and follow-up occurs, as needed.

  • FP
    PA-FKC 18.07

    Respite caregivers return children only to the resource parents, or another person approved by the resource parents, and follow guidelines for situations that pose a safety risk or when a child requires protection.

    Interpretation: Protocols should provide direction on how to use appropriate organizational or community resources to respond to individuals who are intoxicated by drugs or alcohol, mentally or physically unstable, or who present a safety concern.

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