Who is Eligible for Adoption Respite?*

Adoption Respite is a service available to adoptive families for their subsidized adopted children. Each adopted child who is subsidized and under the age of 21 is eligible for 5 days of respite service per fiscal year at $20 per day. Adoption Respite is ONLY available to adopted children who receive adoption subsidy from the state of Iowa. Subsidized adoptive families living out-of-state are not eligible for the five days of adoption respite.

How is Respite Accessed? What is the time frame?

  • Each child is eligible for 5 days per fiscal year. The current fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30.
  • When respite is needed, the adoptive parent selects their own respite provider (see respite ideas listed below), and makes necessary arrangements. To receive payment, provider must be an adult (age 18 or older) and not a parent of the adopted child.
  • Payment will be sent directly to the provider.
  • Payments to providers for this program are contingent upon continued Adoption Respite Program funding from DHS.

If you live in the Western Service Area, this program will be run by Lutheran Services of Iowa (LSI).  (Counties: Audubon, Buena Vista, Carroll, Cass, Cherokee, Clay, Crawford, Dickinson, Emmet, Fremont, Greene, Guthrie, Harrison, Ida, Kossuth, Lyon, Mills, Monona, Montgomery, O’Brien, Osceola, Page, Palo Alto, Plymouth, Pottawattamie, Sac, Shelby, Sioux, Taylor, and Woodbury)

Click here for the LSI Adoption Respite Billing Form. Please have your respite provider complete the W9 form attached and include it when you submit your respite form.

If you live in one of the other four Service Areas of the state, this program will be run by Four Oaks. 

We are no longer accepting respite forms for July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019.

Click here for the July 2019- June 2020 Four Oaks Adoption Respite Form

Click here for a W9 form for your respite provider, if they are going to be requesting $600 or more in respite payment.

*page text adopted and adapted from IFAPA.com