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The children’s respite program is designed to assist emotionally troubled children (ages 5 through 18) and their families living in Franklin County. The purpose of the program is to provide temporary supervised care for children whose families are experiencing a crisis or overwhelming stressors. There are two types of children’s respite programs available: hourly respite and planned overnight respite.

Children’s hourly respite

Hourly respite providers pick up the child and take them out in the community to engage in various activities that may encourage socialization, one-on-one interaction, physical activity, intellectual stimulation and good old fashioned fun!

Children’s planned overnight respite

Planned respite providers welcome the child into their home and provide them with a safe, fun environment where the child can interact with other children. This program is designed to provide a break for the family and the child.


STARS is a program designed to give children the opportunity to socialize and play with other children. Every Wednesday, from 3-6pm, either at the Malone Rec Park or at the Hope Community Center in Brushton. 

Referral Form

Click here to download the Children’s Respite referral form –  once completed please return, mail, or fax to:

Christy Gratton Team Lead Phone:518-917-2928 Fax:518-481-5289

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