#4, 941 South Railway St. SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta 403-527-1588 shannon.nelson@mcmansouth.ca

Respite care is providing temporary, relief care of a foster child in your home or in the foster home for a brief period of time when required.

If you meet the following criteria you may apply to become a respite provider:

  • You are a resident of Alberta.
  • Cohabitating applicants must have been in a stable relationship for at least 12 months prior to applying.
  • You must be at least 18 years old.
  • You have not had an additional child in the past 12 months and/or are not currently expecting an additional child through pregnancy or adoption.
  • You must be physically and mentally capable of meeting the child's needs with no major illness or trauma in the past 12 months.

The process to becoming a respite provider is the same as becoming a full- time foster parent.

  • Contact Shannon, Program Supervisor at McMan.
  • Register and attend Orientation for Caregivers Training.
  • Once training is completed, McMan will schedule and conduct a Home Study.
  • Upon approval, you will be issued a foster home licence and assigned an Children's Services foster care caseworker who will provide ongoing support and training.


An approved respite home receives a respite rate of $65.00/day per child (with a max of $195/day for multiple children).

Open your heart, open your home to a child in need!