Exceptional Family Member (EFM) Respite Care

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What is Navy EFM Respite Care?

Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC), Child & Youth Programs contracts with Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) to administer Exceptional Family Member (EFM) Respite Care.  This program is available as a benefit to Navy families who have a child enrolled in the Navy Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) and meet the prescribed eligibility criteria.  Caring for children with special needs is full time job which is physically and emotionally challenging.  EFM Respite Care provides parents the opportunity to rest and rejuvenate with peace of mind, knowing their children will be well cared for.

Where is the program available?

Navy EFM Respite Care is available throughout the United States.

Who is eligible for EFM Respite Care?

Navy families will be eligible for the EFM Respite Care if the following criteria have been met:

  • The Sailor is active duty or Reservist on active duty orders.
  • The Sailor is currently enrolled in the Navy’s Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP).
  • The Sailor has a child currently residing with him/her, enrolled in EFMP, birth through 18 years, and assigned category 4 or 5.

How is a family’s EFMP enrollment verified?

A family’s eligibility is verified through the Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System (NFAAS) through a list of EFMP enrolled families provided by the Navy Personnel Command (PERS 456) or by providing a current signed memorandum of enrollment from your EFMP Coordinator or EFMP Liaison confirming your child’s EFP enrollment, category and next update.

Click here to review the FAQs for the EFMP verification process.

What is included in Navy EFM Respite Care?

Eligible families receive:

  • 40 hours of respite care per family per month;
  • sibling care for children under the age of 13 years old;
  • respite care provided by well-trained and background screened providers who are monitored by the local partner agencies; and
  • respite care services in the family’s home, a family child care home or an off-base child care centers by approved providers.

What Are Ways I Can Use Respite Care?

The word respite means “relief.”  Respite Care is designed to give families a break from caring for their children, and allows parents time to do things that are relaxing, entertaining or restful while the respite provider cares for their children. A respite break might mean that a parent can take time for a walk, go to the commissary without children, take a nap, or see a friend while a well-trained provider cares for the children. Here are some other ideas:

  • Go for a date with your spouse or significant other
  • Have one-on-one time with one individual child while brother or sisters receive respite care
  • Attend a support group
  • Relax at home in a room away or near the respite provider
  • Go for coffee or lunch
  • Read a book, magazine or newspaper
  • Go to the library
  • Go for a workout
  • Attend a book club or other hobby activities
  • Work at home in another room from respite care, e.g., paying bills, doing laundry, cooking, or organizing without the distraction of children needing your attention.

How do I apply for Navy EFM Respite Care?

Navy families can do one of the following:

For additional documentation, please fill out the Self Certification form for all children listed on the application.  This form can be uploaded when completing your application online or emailed with your application.

PLEASE NOTE – Currently, there is a waiting list for EFM Respite Care.

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What happens next?

Families will receive a confirmation email from Child Care Aware® of America that their family has been placed on the waiting list.

Once a family has been contacted for enrollment, Child Care Aware® of America will connect the family with the local agency administering EFM Respite Care. This agency will work individually with each family to complete the necessary application and assist with connecting the family to a respite care provider who will best meet their needs.

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