CISS specializes in Respite Care, Child Care, and Independent Living Services. For a more detailed description of each service, please hover over the Services link and choose one of the pages in the drop down menu.

What is Respite Care?

Channel Islands Social Services (CISS) specializes in providing Lifespan Respite Care to a variety of families where the primary caregiver could benefit from a short break. Respite is planned or emergency care provided to a child or adult with special needs, or children in the care of a Foster and Kinship family, in order to provide temporary relief to family caregivers. Most care is provided in the family home with occasional community outings.

Who Pays for My Family’s Respite Care?

CISS provides respite care in the Ventura County and North Los Angeles areas of Southern California. Although CISS does accept private payment when requested, every effort is made to find an alternative funding source for families. Reimbursement for respite care for children and adults with developmental disabilities is provided by contract and individual authorization with the local regional centers: 

Tri-Counties Regional Center or NLA Regional Center 

Families must contact their child’s Service Coordinator at their regional center to request CISS Respite, and the Regional Center determines how many respite hours to authorize.

Family Testimonies

Funding for the Foster & Kinship Respite Program is provided by the County of Ventura Foster VC Kids. Resource families qualify to receive up to 12 hours per month of care, or 6 hours per month for FFA families.

Can You Help My Family Recruit A Caregiver?

Of course! That’s why we are here! If you know someone you would like to refer, we may be able to hire them. Have them complete the employment application on our Caregivers page and send it to us, or have them call us directly.

If you are currently authorized for our services and need our help to find a caregiver to interview, please call us. If you are not eligible for funding under the above programs but would like our help to recruit a caregiver, please give us a call and request information about our Private Pay recruiting options.

Please see our drop-down menus on the Services page for more detailed descriptions and brochures on each of our Respite programs.