Bayfield County DHS is looking for respite providers to serve families that have children with special needs. These children qualify for the long-term support programs offered by the state of Wisconsin.

Several families are looking for support people to spend time with their children (called respite care).  The families utilize a home health agency to provide the hiring, background check, training, and monetary compensation for the needed care services.  Child-specific training would occur during the first visit with the family. Some of the current needs include:

  • 13 year old girl – family is looking for someone interested in working with their autistic daughter on weekdays during summer vacation from school. They have requested a person to do active things like swimming, biking, skiing, and participation in community activities.
  • 9 year old boy – family is looking for a respite provider to spend time with their son with physical disabilities as needed and possibly to support his involvement in Special Olympics.
  • 4 year old boy – family is looking for a child care provider for their son with physical and developmental disabilities. The family hopes to have a provider in-home for 10 hours/week this winter, with time increasing to 30-40 hours/week this summer. This is an active little guy who needs someone to play with him, keep him safe, and meet his needs!”

Responsibilities and Qualifications

Respite providers will need to pass a caregiver background check and keep information about the children/families confidential. Respite providers do not need past experience working with children with differing needs/abilities, but must be willing to learning about the unique needs of the child they support. Respite providers need their own safe and reliable transportation.

Organization Details

Bayfield County DHS 117 E. 5th St./PO Box 100 Washburn, Wisconsin 54891

How to Apply

Please contact the youth services coordinator at Bayfield County DHS to discuss your interests, past experience, time availability, and other personal traits that may help the coordinator to pair the potential respite provider with a child/family.

Application Deadline: December 31, 2018


Kristin Opperman