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Center-based Care

Family Respite Care of Nevada gives caregivers time to focus on their own mental health, traditionally-developing children in the home, or to complete tasks that may be interrupted by the unique demands of their child’s special needs. The Family Center (now available in Reno, Sparks, Carson City, and Elko) provides center-based respite care services to children (3 months – 6 years) with developmental and physical disabilities, including: autism, children with mental and behavioral challenges, as well as children in foster and adoptive care, and their siblings who reside in the home.


About The Family Center

Since 1995, The Family Center (formerly the RAVE Family Center) was the first of four respite programs and has touched an astonishing number of lives. More than 1,500 children, 800 families, and 100,000 direct service volunteer hours have contributed to the success of the Family Center, with the continuous support of our community partners. The Family Center’s unique combination of meeting two community needs — youth development and the provision of respite care services — has proven to be a successful partnership. Families receive the gift of time and youth volunteers (6th-12th grade), participate in a program that gives them a positive outlet for their energies, in a supportive environment during non-school hours, which helps them develop the skills they need to be successful and responsible adults, and the future leaders in our community.

RAVE Reviews

FRCNV is simply amazing! We (my husband and I) use it for date time with one another. The volunteers love my children. I love the one-on-one attention they get. My son asks, “When do I get to go (next)?” Thank you so much!

Our families live in different cities, so there is nobody we can trust to watch our child with special needs, other than FRCNV. They are all we have and we feel confident about leaving our child there. The staff is great. We truly appreciate all they do!

As a mom who struggles with severe depression, receiving respite at FRCNV has been a blessing, a relief, and is so needed and appreciated. It is a one-of-a-kind place. Our little girl loves (them) and they love her, and are like family. It is so nice to get a break and have time as a couple to relax. One of the supervisors told me when we came back to pick her up that I was like a new person-happier than I was when I dropped her off.

I cannot express enough how profoundly FRCNV has affected our family. I am so deeply grateful for those who support and administer this program. It has absolutely saved my family. The constancy of caregiving is incredibly wearing. Having a scheduled break allows me to carry on every day.

My stress levels definitely decrease because of Teen FRCNV. We do daily countdowns of how many more days until a Teen event because my son is so excited to go. We are so excited for him because he doesn’t really have any opportunities to hang out with typical teenagers. The Teen volunteers are amazing—so kind and caring. I love how genuinely interested they are in the kids and how much they want to provide them with a good time.

Teen FRCNV is the one place I can take my daughter where I know she will have fun, I know she won’t be judged, and I know she looks forward to going. There are very few places I can say that about.