RESPITE Program

WHOLE CHILD, WHOLE FAMILY, WHOLE COMMUNITY

CARING FOR THE CAREGIVER

RESPITE provides care for foster / adoptive / kinship families and the community around them. We equip and support families and communities to engage in healing children from hard places.

We provide support groups, parent trainings, date nights, wellness classes, and trauma-informed trainings. RESPITE also provides trainings, tools, and classroom interventions to support educate our community to become trauma-sensitive!

RESPITE stands for

Resources, Education, and Support for Parents
I
nterventions for Trauma-Sensitive Environments

res•pite (noun):
an interval of rest or relief from something difficult or overwhelming

FOR FOSTER / ADOPTIVE / KINSHIP FAMILIES:

We see you and we are here for you! We have a number of resources available including a Needs Assessment Form and Facebook Community so that you can receive support.

RECEIVE SUPPORT

  1. RESPITE NEEDS ASSESSMENT: Please fill out our Needs Assessment Form so we can provide support!
  2. FACEBOOK COMMUNITY: Join our Facebook Community and become part of a community of fellow foster / adoptive / kinship parents and caregivers.
  3. QUESTIONS? Contact Renae M. Dupuis (Trauma Specialist & Program Director) at renaed@ocunited.org or 714-515-3094.

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BECOME A PARTNER

Get involved with the RESPITE Program and step into the gap for foster / adoptive / kinship families and caregivers!

  • BOOK A TRAINING OR WORKSHOP: You can book a Trauma-Informed Environment or TBRI® (Trust Based Relational Intervention) Training at YOUR business, organization, school, or church. Email Renae at renaed@ocunited.org.
  • VOLUNTEER: Join our Trauma-Informed Childcare Team so parents can attend trainings, workshops, and other programs! Fill out a volunteer application today!
  • INTERN: Learn and grow with the OC United RESPITE Program! Roles include case management, working with children & families, community engagement, program coordination, marketing, and more! Email to Apply
  • WHOLE FAMILY PARTNERSHIP: Become a Whole Family Partner, providing wraparound and tangible support to RESPITE families through a $90/month donation commitment.
  • RESOURCE LIBRARY: Help us fill our Family Resource Library by purchasing books on our Amazon Wish List.

CURRENT EVENTS

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  • RESPITE Support Group (2nd & 4th Sundays)
    2:00 PM – 3:30 PM, OC United 434/436 Classrooms
    *Childcare available with registration on the Thursday before group meets*
    Contact Renae at renaed@ocunited.org
  • RESPITE CONFERENCE
    Registration is OPEN for the RESPITE Conference on March 28, 2020!

ENROLLING IN CHILDCARE?

OC United Childcare Waivers are required to enroll for trauma-informed childcare. Download and complete the OCU Childcare Waiver HERE

MORE INFO

Contact Renae M. Dupuis
(OC United, Trauma-Specialist & Program Director)
at renaed@ocunited.org or 714-515-3094.

UPCOMING EVENTS & TRAININGS

Click on any of the buttons below to register for an upcoming event!

  • Tea For the Soul - Fall Series

    Wednesdays, November 6, 13, 20, 27 (7-8pm)

    Register
  • Trauma-Sensitive Holy Yoga - Fall Series

    Wednesdays, November 6, 13, 20, 27 (8-9pm)

    Register
  • Trauma-Informed Environments Workshop

    Saturday, November 23 (8:30am - 12:30pm)

    Register
  • TBRI Caregiver Training #1 - Introduction and Overview

    Saturday, January 18, 2020 (9am - 5pm)

    Register
  • Trauma-Informed Environments Workshop (Bethany Lutheran)

    Saturday, January 25, 2020 (9am - 2pm)

    Register
  • TBRI Caregiver Training #2 - Empowering Principles

    Saturday, February 15, 2020 (9am - 5pm)

    Register
  • TBRI Caregiver Training #3 - Connecting Principles

    Saturday, March 28, 2020 (9am - 5pm)

    Register
  • TBRI Caregiver Training #4 - Correcting Principles

    Saturday, April 18, 2020 (9am - 5pm)

    Learn More

PARENT TRAININGS

  • Empowered To Connect (ETC) Parent Training – designed as an interactive learning experience specifically for current and prospective adoptive and foster parents. The CONNECT Course (9 weeks) and PREPARE Course (6 weeks) in an interactive small group environment that meets weekly for about two hours.
  • Created to Connect – Twelve-week study of The Connected Child with a Christian & biblical perspective. Intended for any caregiver in the life of a foster or adoptive child.
  • FFA Parent Training – 8-hour ETC Workshop for Foster Family Agencies to introduce TBRI principles to parents.
  • Parenting Workshops – Training on specific topics to build strong families and healthy children.
    • Saddleback College – Foster & Kinship Care Education Parenting Classes  FREE parenting classes – REGISTER at scfkce@saddleback.edu or (949) 582–4884 FKCE Jan-June 2019 Catalog

 

WELLNESS & RESILIENCY

  • Foster/Adoption/Kinship Parent Yoga Class – Trauma-Sensitive Holy Yoga class for parents of Foster, Adoptive, and Kinship children to address caregiver stress and secondary trauma
  • Kids Yoga Class – Trauma-Sensitive Holy Yoga class for children from hard places.
  • All Intersections Yoga Class – Trauma-Sensitive Holy Yoga class for anyone intersecting with the care of Foster, Adoptive, and Kinship children to address caregiver stress and secondary trauma.
  • Family Wellness Workshop – Introductory workshop class for parents & children in Foster/Adoption/Kinship families. Highlighting Wellness and Resiliency skills for families.
  • Caseworker/Therapist/Caregiver Workshop – Introductory trauma-sensitive workshop class for caseworkers, therapists and caregivers who support Foster/Adoption/Kinship families.

PARENT & FAMILY DIRECT SUPPORT

  • Resource Line – Available for in-person/telephone/FaceTime support to families in crisis. Providing resources, compassion, tools & nurture groups for families.
  • Parent Mentoring – Linking parent mentors and mentees to provide one-to-one support.
  • Parent Connection Night – Nights out (childcare included) with brief Educational components to connect parents to spouses and others in the community.
  • Dude’s Night Out – last Wednesday of each month – 6:30-8:30pm Burger Parlor, 204 N Harbor Blvd, Fullerton, CA 92832 
  • Online Community & Education – Providing resources, tools, discussion, and education for families in an online community group.
    CONNECT AT www.facebook.com/groups/RESPITE.OCUnited
  • Resource Library – Books, Videos, and other educational material to Parents and Caregivers to support parenting and healing process.
  • Support Group – Regular educational and support group meetings for caregivers, childcare included (must complete Childcare Waiver).
    2nd & 4th Sundays of each month | 2-3:30pm | OC United 418 Pre-registration required for childcare – contact Renae by the Thursday before at renaed@ocunited.org

 

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT & TRAININGS

  • Children’s Ministry Trauma -Informed Training – 2-hour Trauma-Informed Care training for Children’s Ministry programs to introduce TBRI principles.
  • Friends & Family Training – Short training to introduce ETC & TBRI principles to Friends and Family of families with kids from hard places.
  • Building Trauma-Sensitive Classrooms Workshops – Workshops and in-service trainings for Educators and Administrators to review Trauma-Informed principles and provide tangible and practical interventions in classroom and school settings.
  • Equipping After-School Program Trainings – Workshops for After- School Program Administrators and Facilitators to learn Trauma-Informed principles and provide practical interventions in classroom & school settings.
  • Local Classroom Support – Provide classroom supplies, intervention “cheat sheets,” and Trauma -Sensitive resources (i.e., fidgets) for teachers of kids from hard places.
  • Community Education Opportunities – Simulcast Conferences, Panel Discussions, Film Screenings and Info Meetings to inform, educate, and engage community members and organizations in the mission of supporting the families of children in out-of-home placements.