State Department Links:


Located Statewide



Toll-Free Statewide Respite Phone: 866-ILL-RESP or    866-455-7377 ext. 101 or ext. 103 for Spanish-speakers

Fax:  (224) 616-3054

Updated October 2022 by the Illinois Respite Coalition

Reporting Potential Abuse and Neglect:

For children:

Call the 24-hour Child Abuse Hotline at 800-25-ABUSE (800-252-2873 or TTY 1-800-358-5117) if you                    suspect that a child has been harmed or is at risk of being harmed by abuse or neglect. If you believe                          a child is in immediate danger of harm, call 911 first.

For elderly adults & adults with disabilities:

To report suspected abuse, financial exploitation, or neglect of an older person or a person with disabilities age 18-59 call the statewide, 24-hour Adult Protective Services Hotline: 1-866-800-1409, 1-888-206-1327 (TTY).

Prioritization for Urgency of Need for Services (PUNS):

PUNS is a statewide database for individuals withdevelopmental disabilities who are potentially in need of services. Click here for more information.

Illinois Waiver Programs that pay for respite:


  • Children and adults with developmental disabilities
  • Persons with brain injury
  • Children who are medically fragile & technologically dependent
  • Persons with HIV or AIDS
  • Persons who are elderly
  • Persons with disabilities

To see if you or your family member may qualify for one of these waivers, click here.

Illinois Caregiver Programs:

Family Caregiver Program- More information can be found on the Department of Aging (DOA) website.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren- For more information, click these links for DCFS and the DOA.

Community Care Program for Seniors- Click here to go to the DOA website.