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Sanctuary care

A community respite care service for parents in crises

Acute Respite Care (ARC)
The ARC program adopts a child-centric framework and functions to provide an interim support system for the parents as they work towards resolving their own crises. Through our direct support for the child, the community social worker is then able to work with parents to put in place longer-term support…
Outreach Activity Respite Services (OARS)
The OARS programme seeks to promote Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in young children through indoor and outdoor activities aimed to equip the children with the appropriate social and life skills. It is a half day activity that is presently conducted monthly.   Register for our OARS programme by downloading the…
Community Outreach Programme
We have various campaigns annually to reach out to the public to create awareness for our services as well as to educate them about parenting stress coping skills.
Be a respite carer

Be a support system for families in need. Find out what it is like to be a respite carer here.

Our Respite Carers: Heroes in Their Own Right

  • Our respite carer families come from all over the world
  • They share a love for children and want to provide respite children with a safe and happy environment in order to support a family through a crisis
  • They commit to supporting weekly access and providing updates so that respite children remain connected with their own families despite being apart
  • Their service is purely voluntary, and they receive no stipend
  • They have undergone an assessment process of a home assessment, 2 to 3 interview sessions, and a panel discussion
  • 28 years old and above
  • Minimum household income of $3,000 (nett)
  • Residing in Singapore for at least the next one year
  • Experience in caring for children
  • Willing to provide a child-safe environment
  • Willing to work with the Sanctuary Care Team and other professionals
Testimonials of Respite Carers
Keren Priyadarshini

"Seeing mothers fighting against all odds for their children, who are learning to survive given the extreme conditions is very motivating. That's another reason why I am a respite carer."

Patricia Tan

“It gives me great comfort to know they (Sanctuary Care) are journeying with me, and they are always just a call away should I need help or advise."

Katherine Thayre

“For us, having a house filled with children playing and being happy brings us great joy. It feels like a small effort on our part which brings great benefit to another family."

You may download the brochures for more information
Our Programmes
About Acute Respite Care (ARC)
About Outreach Activity Respite Services (OARS)