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Planned & Crisis Respite Care

Respite Care Providers are specially trained foster parents who offer a safe, supportive, and therapeutic home environment. They engage the youth in fun recreational activities both at home and in the community.

Respite Care may be provided to youth struggling with mental health disorder symptoms that are challenging for their parent(s) or caregiver(s) to manage and may negatively impact the relationship between the youth and their family.

Respite Care typically lasts for 1-3 nights and may occur during the week or over a weekend.

Planned Respite

Planned respite is a proactive intervention with the goal of preventing behavioral escalations and placement disruptions. Respite stays can be scheduled in advance, sometimes with the same provider to provide predictably scheduled breaks for the client and their caregiver.

Crisis Respite

Crisis respite is usually provided at times of significant behavioral escalation as an alternative to an out-of-home placement and when a youth’s behavior is likely to stabilize in a respite placement.

If you are the youth’s parent, guardian, or mental health provider.

Make a Referral

Join us in supporting youth with weekday and/or weekend respite.

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Last year

The number of certified Respite Care Provider homes

The number of Respite Care nights provided last year

Reported getting the break they needed

Overall satisfaction score

And 94% of youth felt that they were treated with respect by the program


Our Planned & Crisis Respite Program is hosted through a network of Respite Care Providers that we recruit, certify, train, and support.

Please contact our administrative offices for more information.

Main Campus
11035 NE Sandy Boulevard
Portland, OR 97220

(503) 736-6503

Language Accessibility

Services are available in English and Spanish.

Insurance Accepted

Care Oregon (OHP/Oregon Medicaid)


Child and family referrals are made by mental health providers and are scheduled on a planned or crisis basis. Referrals can be initiated by the youth’s parent, guardian, or mental health provider.

Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility requirements for this program are as follows:

  • OHP/Care Oregon Coverage
  • Youth ages 3 – 17
  • Care is crucial due to youth’s mental health symptoms, not for caregiver convenience
  • Written justification from mental health provider required for respite eligibility.
  • Youth must engage safely in services without suicidal, homicidal, or aggressive behavior.
  • Appropriate placement required post-respite stay.

11035 NE Sandy Boulevard
Portland, OR 97220

Main Tel. 503-258-4200

Tax ID: 93-0354176


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Morrison Child & Family Services provides culturally responsive, anti-oppressive mental health and substance use disorder treatment, support, and prevention services to children, youth, and families who are working through the effects of systemic racism, trauma, poverty, abuse, neglect, or other mental health needs. Tax ID: 93-0354176

The Morrison Foundation partners with the community to sustain and expand financial support for Morrison Child and Family Services’ programming. Tax ID: 81-4453786

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