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 for their respite care, or we recruit someone for the family to interview. 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


  • Remember to use the new 2020 Respite Time sheets and Pay Schedule. (Now available under “Forms“)
  • Save the date for the Jan. 23, 2020 All Staff Meeting – RSVP’s now open!
  • Recruitment Board – updated 1/21/20
  • Sign up for direct deposit! Check the Staff Page for the form link

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Are you interested in working for us? Please visit our Application Request page to complete our online form. If your qualifications  meet our current hiring needs, we w
ill send you an email with our new electronic application form. Our current starting pay for Respite Caregivers is higher than other organizations at $16.50/hr. If you know someone who is experienced and caring, please refer them to us!




CISS Provides Independent Living Skills (ILS) Training!
Qualifying individuals may receive up to 20 hours/mo. of ILS instruction in their family’s home, or their own home, to help them live more independently. Please talk to your Service Coordinator and request a referral. Click here for info on our ILS program.



USC Caregiver Webinar 7-2016


Great Webinar! Thank you to USC UCEDD for sponsoring  “Taking Care of Yourself as Caregiver of a Family Member With a Developmental Disability.”  Click the image to view the presentation. 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 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 (see page 12). 

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 OR we can email them to you to digitally sign. Within a week of receiving all completed forms, your caregiver will become employed by CISS.

Whereas other agencies only pay $12/hr, CISS pays $16.50/hr PLUS mileage. Our Enhanced Respite program staff earn $17.50-$19.00/hr (DOE) and our Foster and Kinship program staff are paid $16.50/hr. We also give merit increases after 2 years with the company, we offer 5/10/15yr anniversary bonuses and 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, strengthen families, and support independence. We do this by providing quality in-home respite care and independent living services 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!


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