Northumberland Family Respite Services is the host agency for in the Haliburton, Kawartha, Peterborough and Northumberland regions.

For Families: offers online respite information about respite opportunities in the community. It also offers the CHAP (Community Helpers for Active Participation) Program. The program offers the opportunity for Families, caregivers, or agencies to register on behalf of a family and search for a respite worker from the Worker databank.

Workers from the registry are not employees of, CHAP Program, or Northumberland Family Respite Services Inc. Individuals listed in the Worker Registry have independently chosen to list their service as a respite provider and are available for hire/contract by families.

Workers have broad ranging backgrounds and varied skillsets. Some may be new graduates with a DSW diploma, others are educational assistants (EA’s), and many have considerable experience with individuals with disabilities in a number of different settings. Individuals from the registry may offer more than simple respite care!

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For Respite Care Providers: If you have a genuine interest in working with individuals with disabilities and have skills and experience that can make a difference, consider listing your service as a CHAP Worker at . It’s free, and your profile will be available by request from families, caregivers or agencies looking to contract or hire a respite worker. Screening requirements apply and include:

  • Completion of a mandatory online, self-paced SafeGuards* training course (*fee of approximately $40 applies)
  • Valid Police Check/Vulnerable Sector
  • Resume
  • Three references
  • Attend a brief Activation/Orientation meeting

Ready to start the process? Register now at

How it works: Families and Workers can register for free! The CHAP Coordinator maintains the registry, facilitating connections between Families and Workers by providing  Worker Profiles to families who request them. Families receiving the profiles will be able to view the skills and experience of the Worker and then engage directly with the individual in order to negotiate service.

For more information, contact:
Telephone: 905-885-6671 x 227