Families caring for a loved one with special needs or a child in foster care have enough worries in their everyday lives – they need to be in control of their supports! We are here to help. We hire someone the family already knows and trusts, or we recruit someone for the family to interview, and then we take care of all the employer stresses like payroll, taxes, insurance, and required benefits. After all…

Respite Should be Relaxing, Not Taxing!
*** Family Testimonies ***

 Click here to read a great article in Caring Today Magazine

All CISS Respite Caregivers in our traditional respite program funded by the regional center received a $1.00/hour increase as of 1-1-2017! Our new starting wage is $15.00/hour. After two years, qualified staff receive an increase to $16.00/hour.

2017 NEW Timesheet and Pay  Schedule are on our Forms Page.


USC Caregiver Webinar 7-2016


Thank you to USC UCEDD for sponsoring a wonderful Webinar “Taking Care of Yourself as Caregiver of a Family Member With a Developmental Disability.”  Click the image to go to their website to view the entire webinar or slides. Great reminders for all of us that we need to care for ourselves so we can continue to care for those who need us.



At their national conference in 2015, Sharon was honored as the Autism Society Professional of the Year for her years of tireless volunteerism. Read more here or view her speech here.



Switching your respite to CISS is very easy and if you have a caregiver you’d like us to hire they will get paid MORE and may qualify for mileage reimbursement.
You can still request agency respite services with CISS if that will best meet your needs, and have the Fiscal Management Service (FMS) manage your daycare payments! Know your rights. Click here for more info from Disability Rights CA. 

Please give us a call and we will walk you through the process. You will still be in control of who provides your respite and when you get support. All of the required 1-time forms can be found on our Forms page, printed, completed, and faxed over to us. Within a week of receiving all completed forms, your caregiver will become employed by CISS and may be eligible for mileage reimbursement (which was not allowed under voucher respite). You will only have to sign their timesheet!

Whereas other agencies only pay $12/hr, CISS pays $15.00/hr PLUS mileage. Our Enhanced Respite program staff earn $16-$18/hr (DOE) and our Foster and Kinship program staff are paid $15.00/hr. We also give merit increases after 2 years with the company, we offer 5yr and 10yr anniversary bonuses, and offer a 401K plan with employer matching. No other Respite organization does this!


Mission Statement

Channel Islands Social Services (CISS) is dedicated to providing collaborative services and supports that are reflective of individual needs and strengthen families. We do this by providing quality in-home respite care and community childcare to families throughout Ventura County.

CISS is a proud member of the California Respite Association, ARCH National Respite Network, the National Family Caregiver Alliance, and the California Disability Services Association.

CISS is the only organization awarded Service Provider of the Year
twice by the Autism Society Ventura County!