Overnight Respite Services


Overnight Respite is a  unique program serving children with developmental disabilities on school holidays and weekends. This service provides short-term, temporary care that gives children the opportunity for social interaction and their parents’ relief from the demands of child care.

The program offers a safe, accepting and supervised environment that enables children to have a fun-filled experience. The activities are designed for various ability levels. They encourage participation and weave in learning opportunities.


  • 53 acre of woods, trails, and fields located 35 miles north of New York City.
  • 7 winterized buildings: providing overnight accommodations, activities space, and dining hall.
  • Wheelchair accessible.
  • All meals are prepared daily in our kitchen facility.
  • Heated pool and horseback riding in the summer.

Children Served:

The Overnight Respite Program serves children ages 7-17 with developmental delays residing in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Westchester County. The program is funded through the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) with Medicaid Waiver Funds. All participants must have a documented developmental disability such as cerebral palsey, spina bifida, Down syndrome and autism.

Application Process:

  • Parents or referring agencies can obtain an application by clicking on the link below or email us at ahall@childrensaidsociety.org.
  • Participants must possess a Medicaid Waiver or be designated as single use status.
  • After  all the application materials are reviewed, an interview with the parent or guardian and child will be scheduled.
  • Respite Application

Medical Care:

Whenever camp is in session, a NYS-licensed registered nurse is in 24-hour residence. In addition, The Children’s Aid Society provides a physician on call at all times.

Grouping and Staffing:

Children are placed in groups of 10 to 15, and a staff/child ratio of 1:2 is always maintained. The cabin staff is carefully selected, training and supervised by the camp’s experienced administrators.


Chartered, round trip bus service is provided to and from New York City. Parents may also bring their children directly to camp.

Program Calendar

Please see the application above for a complete calendar of our programs for the 2015-2016 academic year.