Resources for Families

Locating Respite Care Services

Locating respite care services can sometimes be a daunting task for a number of reasons, including lack of trained/reputable providers, location where families reside, lack of financial resources, difference in the time when respite is available and when it is most needed, and not knowing where to start. The CRC is here to offer guidance and resources to assist in the process of finding a respite provider that meets your needs.

Please search our Online Respite Locator for respite providers near you.

If you do not find a suitable respite provider near your home, the following organizations in your community may also help you get in touch with respite care providers:

  • State Agencies/organizations
  • Senior centers
  • Child care resource and referral agencies
  • Disability/chronic disease organizations
  • Mental health/intellectual disability agencies
  • Home health agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Home child care providers
  • Child care centers
  • Schools
  • Civic or community groups
  • Recreation programs
  • Faith based groups
  • Volunteer organizations
  • Universities/Colleges – psychology, special ed, geriatrics or social work departments 
  • Before/after school programs
  • Camps

We have also compiled the contact information for regional Colorado resources for family caregivers and their loved ones. You can find the contact information for Colorado ADRCs (Aging and Disability Resources for Colorado) here.

Adoptive and kinship family resources

Adoptive Support Groups

Resources for Adoptive and Kinship Families

Colorado Free Kinship Adoption Program

Coming Up for Air Kinship, Adoptive & Foster Family Resources

GRANDcares - Education, support and mentorship for grandchildren, grandparents and service providers in Larimer County

Support Groups & Local Meetings

Support Groups: Sibling, veteran, and other general support groups

Disability Specific Groups: Local groups, support meetings, state-wide programs for specific disabilities

Additional Resources

Bustang Outrider Route and Fact Sheet

Colorado Area Agencies on Aging (AAA)

Colorado Metro Crisis Hotline: 1-844-493-8255

Colorado Gerontological Society

Colorado Resource Directory

Summer Camp Guide for Individuals with Special Needs

Easterseals Colorado's Discovery Club: A day for kids of All abilities to explore in a friendly social setting (2017-2018 Schedule)

The Friendship Line: 24-hour toll-free hotline/warmline for older and disabled adults

Colorado Medicaid and Waiver Information

Waivers are available for adults and children through Medicaid. Local Community Centered Boards (CCB) are the main contact point for children's services, and offer information and coordination of applying for Medicaid waivers, some of which include respite care services. Services include intake, eligibility, determination, service plan development, arrangement for services, delivery of services, support coordination, monitoring, safeguards, and discharge from services.  CCB's also offer Early Intervention services that provide diagnostic and family support for infants with developmental delays or disabilities. Local Aging and Disability Resource Centers or Area Agencies on Aging can provide guidance for adult waivers.

Find Your Local Community Centered Board

Find Your Local Area Agency on Aging

Colorado Waiver Information

Adult Developmental Disability Waiver

Adult Supported Living Services Waiver

Home and Community Based Services Adult Waiver Chart

Home and Community Based Services Youth Waiver Chart

Aging and Disability Resources for Colorado Hotline: 1-844-265-2372

Coming up for air

Coming Up for Air is a family respite weekend held at Rocky Mountain Village in Empire, CO. Easterseals Colorado and the Colorado Respite Coalition have offered the weekend to families with children and teens with special needs and to kinship care, adoptive and foster families. During the weekend, children and teens are matched with counselors and participate in fun, recreational activities, while parents and guardians attend training sessions. Past training sessions have included stress management, self-care, accessing community resources and financial planning. The focus of the event is to connect families facing similar caregiving challenges and provide resources to support them, while also providing respite away from everyday life.

*All Coming Up For Air spots for February and March sessions have been filled*

If you applied for your family to attend, you should hear back from us soon. In case of cancellations, there is a waiting list.

February 9 - 11, 2018: For families with children and teens with special needs and their siblings

March 23-25, 2018: For kinship, adoptive and foster families

Please call 303-569-2333 or email for more information

Family Testimonials:

  • "Being given a path that will hopefully allow for a better life. Found something I did not know that could make a huge family change."
  • "The respite, the kids having fun, the information on resources (huge!!), the camaraderie, the other families we met, knowing we are not so alone..."
  • "The information shared by the experts as well as the other families was so valuable. The time away from the kids was so re-energizing!"

Past Speakers:

Betty Lehman, Lehman Disability Planning

Dr. Audrey Boxwell, PhD, CHT

Self Care Resources for Family Caregivers:

Self-Care Powerpoint (coming soon)

Wellness Toolkit (coming soon)

Are you interested in partnering to host a Coming Up for Air?

Easterseals Colorado and the Colorado Respite Coalition are interested in working with agencies to sponsor or co-host future sessions. Do you have a population that hasn't been served by this program in the past? No problem, we'd love to brainstorm! If you are interested in learning more, please contact Meghan Kluth at

Coming Up for Air Brochure 2018

Rocky Mountain Village

Contact Us:

Colorado Respite Coalition
393 S Harlan St, Ste 108
Lakewood, CO 80226

303-233-1666 Phone
303-233-1028 Fax

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