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JOIN US! – What to Expect

Not sure what to expect? Relax, we will walk you through it step-by-step. Jill’s House accepts children ages 6 to 17 who have been diagnosed with an intellectual disability.

The Weekend Program

Our weekends start with drop off on Friday evening and end with pickup on Sunday evening. Children stay for two nights. To give families a consistent break and to connect children to a consistent group of caregivers, children come for a weekend once a quarter.

Although a child’s overnight stay complete with specialized medical care costs Jill’s House roughly $600 per night, most families pay just a fraction of the cost. Generous donors supplement the remaining costs. Your intake coordinator will discuss costs of care directly with you to explore available resources and programs available to you.

The Weeknight Program

Schools in Northern Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC partner with Jill’s House to provide weekly respite care to families and caregivers. Jill’s House picks up children from participating schools, brings them to Jill’s House and returns them to school the next morning. Children get a slumber party with their school friends, and parents get a night to themselves during the week. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, families pay just a fraction of the total cost of the program. If your school is interested in participating, please contact Dana Hecht at dana.hecht@jillshouse.org.

We currently have a wait list and encourage you to start the intake process when your child turns 5 ½ years old. Start the registration process for your child by clicking here:

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Days at Jill’s House

When school is closed for holidays or teacher work days, Jill’s House is probably open. Families who have been accepted to the Jill’s House Weekend and Weeknight programs will receive notification about Days at Jill’s House programs.

Jill’s House Weekend Adventures

Jill’s House has several locations across the country where your child can join us on a weekend adventure. Programs run from Friday to Sunday and are packed full of fun and safe activities. During your child’s weekend they will have the opportunity to go on hikes, enjoy a campfire, complete a low ropes course, and much more!  Start the registration process for Jill’s House Weekend Adventures here:

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Concerned About Paying for Your Stay?

We have a Family Support Team who helps our families navigate available resources and programs to receive better support.

Getting Started

Start the registration process for your child by clicking here. After we receive your information, our Intake Team will contact you to learn more about your child. Then you will receive and submit our medical assessment forms. We will review the forms to ensure we are able to safely care for your child. Next, you and your child will come to Jill’s House for a meet and greet, where you will meet our team and tour our facility.

We are your partner, walking alongside you on this journey, and are happy to answer any questions you have. Please call Jill’s House at 703.639.5660.