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Since 1990, ARCH has provided support to a national effort to make respite and crisis care available to all families caring for children with disabilities and chronic illness, and to all family caregivers caring for children or adults with disabling or chronic conditions or aging family members, and those at risk for abuse and neglect. Today, there are more than 4,000 respite and crisis care providers listed on our Respite Locator Service, and more are signing up every day. The National Respite Coalition serves as the policy division of ARCH, which provides respite advocacy at the state and national levels through Legislative Alerts, facilitation of the national Lifespan Respite Task Force, and other tools. 

Become a Member Today!  Check out the benefits of becoming a member of the only national network focused on respite for family caregivers. 


To renew or update your membership, log in to your profile with your email and password and follow suggested actions on your profile screen.


If you are not able to become a member at this time, please consider making a donation at a level you feel comfortable with.

Because the ARCH parent organization, Families and Communities Rising (formerly the Chapel Hill Training and Outreach Project, Inc.) is a 501(c)(3) organization, your contribution or membership donation in any amount is considered by the IRS to be tax deductible.

The ARCH National Respite Network is the only national support and advocacy organization dedicated solely to promoting the development of quality respite programs.  Services ARCH provides include:

Training and Technical Assistance to Lifespan Respite Grantees and Partners and Members of the ARCH Network.  Through a grant from the US Administration for Community Living, ARCH provides training and technical assistance through the Lifespan Respite TA Center. ARCH's work on the Lifespan Respite Training and TA Center includes Webinars, Fact Sheets, and Issue Briefs designed to assist Lifespan Respite Programs, State Respite Coalitions, and any member of the ARCH network.

Public Policy. The National Respite Coalition helps states and local communities to understand policy, educate policy makers, and build strong advocacy coalitions. It provides information and teaching tools to respite advocates throughout the country. In 2000, the National Respite Coalition convened a group of national and state organizations, the Lifespan Respite Task Force, dedicated to establishment of the Lifespan Respite Care Program, and now to full funding for this federal effort.

Evaluation. Both planned and crisis respite programs must be able to clearly and compellingly demonstrate that their efforts are achieving worthy outcomes related to the improvement of quality of life, and outcomes related to saving tax-payer dollars on more costly interventions such as foster care, nursing homes, or other institutional care. Tools for measuring program outcomes have been developed by Dr. Ray Kirk, formerly of the University of North Carolina and Casandra Firman, ARCH Evaluation Specialist and are published in the ARCH guidebook, Evaluating and Reporting Outcomes: a Guide for Respite and Crisis Care Program Managers.

Performance Measurement: In 2014, ARCH developed the guidebook, Measuring Systems Change and Consumer Outcomes: Recommendations for Developing Performance Metrics for State Lifespan Respite Programs, 2014. This was developed in collaboration with the ARCH Data Workgroup with support from the Administration for Community Living.

Promoting Research to Develop an Evidence-base for Respite: In 2015, ARCH convened the Expert Panel on Respite Research with support from the Administration for Community Living. The prestigious panel released its final report, A  Research Agenda for Respite Care: Deliberations of an Expert Panel of Researchers, Advocates and Funders, that includes recommendations for increasing and improving research focused on family caregiver, care recipient, family and societal outcomes that result from respite. ARCH is advancing this agenda through a recently formed Respite Research Consortium and the prestigious Committee for Advancement of Respite Research.

Building the Respite Provider Workforce. ARCH and the National Academy for State Health Policy, in collaboration with the Respite Care Association of Wisconsin, are engaged in piloting a National Respite Provider Recruitment, Training and Retention initiative

Follow the link to the Membership Application to join the ARCH network or to renew your membership. If you are not able to become a member at this time, please consider making a donation at a level you feel comfortable with. You can use a credit card securely online through PayPal or you can ask to be billed.  Any questions? Contact ARCH.


About us

We are a national, membership-based organization that assists and promotes the development of quality respite and crisis care programs; helps families locate respite and crisis care services in their communities; and serves as a strong voice for respite in all forums.

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Join with other concerned advocates, providers and family caregivers who want to make a difference in the lives of the nation's children and adults with disabilities and chronic conditions, older adults, and their caregivers, and other families needing support.

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ARCH stands for Access to Respite Care and Help.


4220 NC Hwy 55, Suite 330, Durham, NC 27713

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