Frequently Asked Questions

What type of behavioral issues does Respite Retreat, Inc. address?

In general, we serve children struggling with: ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder), ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), RAD (Reactive Attachment Disorder), DTD (Developmental Trauma Disorder), anger-management, anxiety disorders, Bipolar disorder, behavioral disorders, phobias, at-risk youth, struggling and troubled teens, emotional issues, learning disabilities, physical and rebellious behavior.


How does Respite Retreat succeed in changing the lives of troubled youth?

The unique therapeutic structure of Respite Retreat consistently provides a safe, loving and Christ-centered environment.  The staff provides 24/7 care and maintains a 1-1 child-to-staff ratio.  Each team member models the love of Christ, provides adequate teachable moments in life’s lessons, implements accountability measures to enhance character development and ensures your child succeeds in meeting their therapeutic goals.  All the while, the staff mentors the parents to ensure that they have the same therapeutic tools and techniques to help the child feel safe when he or she returns home.


Who will care for my child while at Respite Retreat?

Keith & Christy Owen, who served many years as therapeutic foster parents for the state of Georgia. Christy's holds a Bachelor's degree in Education and is currently pursuing a master's degree in professional counseling. Keith has completed an intensive theological program and will be pursuing his bachelor's degree in non-profit business administation. When necessary, Respite Retreat works with outside professionals such as doctors, therapists, psychiatrists, social workers, tutors and lay members to help meet your child’s individual needs. 


Is Respite Retreat a state licensed, non-profit organization?

Respite Retreat is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Georgia law precludes us from being licensed in any capacity since we take in less than six children at a time (the statutory requirement to be deemed a group home) and since we keep children for more than 24 hours at a time (the statutory requirement to qualify as a home childcare). However, we maintain professional liability insurance through Philadelphia, an AAA+ rate company, and complete extensive local/state/federal background checks on a regular basis.


Can my child receive a scholarship to attend Respite Retreat?

At this time, Respite Retreat does not have ongoing funding of scholarships. We welcome friend, churches, and relatives to donate toward the Respite Retreat scholarship fund, which offers tax benefits to the donor/donors.  These funds can be used directly toward your child’s account.  Please contact us for more information.


Will my child receive a quality education at Respite Retreat?

Most of the school-age children who come here for an extended stay attend public school. The Woody Gap school is about five miles from our facility; the total school population from Kindergarten through High School is usually less than 75 students, so each gets a lot of individual attention. When absolutely necessary, Christy Owen is qualified to teach your child under the auspices of the private school element of the ministry, since she holds a Bachelor's degree in Education.


Where is Respite Retreat located?

Respite Retreat is in Union County, Georgia, which is approximately 85 miles north of Atlanta.