WITH A COMPLEX CHILD, having some kind of in-home assistance may be a necessity for you and your family. There are many factors and questions to consider in employing someone to help you care for your child. This chapter will present an overview of the most important ones, along with some of my own experiences.

Depending on your child’s diagnosis, needs, and the area in which you live, there may be funding available for in-home help. This can range from a few hours of respite care each month to a full-time caregiver. Some programs are federally funded but administered through state or county programs, and some have matching funding between federal and local programs. Contact your local agency ...

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