There may be many family members who you would no more trust with your child&#39;s needs than you would a stranger on the street. But if there is a sympathetic relative who has a rapport with your child, that may be a good place to look for child-sitting services. Don&#39;t take unfair advantage, but don&#39;t be afraid to ask.We&#39;re not talking about casual acquaintances here. A friend who is close to your family and your child may welcome an opportunity to spend some quality time. Besides taking care of your child-care emergencies, this is a good way to create deep bonds between your child and those surrogate &#34;uncles&#34; and &#34;aunts.&#34;Young teachers may be in the market for a little job on the side, and if there&#39;s one you particularly like, it may be worth asking, privately and in no way that jeopardizes anyone&#39;s job, whether there&#39;s any babysitting availability. Similarly, classroom aides may welcome a chance for some extra income.The workers who handle your child&#39;s needs at a daycare, preschool, or after-school program would likely be able to do that in your home as well. If there&#39;s a worker you or your child particularly likes, find a discreet way to ask if they&#39;d possibly be available for occasional babysitting.Many school speech, occupational, and physical therapists are young, fresh from school, and paying off student loans. Although there may again be some conflict of interest in their seeing a child out of school, it doesn&#39;t hurt to check if they&#39;d be interested in child-watching jobs over the summer if not during the school year.Asking around among members of your worship community may help you find out about experienced parents who are looking for extra work to help their children pay for college or to supplement family income. Putting an ad in a church bulletin or newspaper may also be a good tactic. Be up-front about your child&#39;s special needs.If a college near you has a special education program, or one for speech, physical, or occupational therapy -- anything for which students need to gain experience with special-needs children -- call the offices of those programs and see if there are students close to graduation, with some skills in dealing with special kids, who would appreciate the opportunity to work informally with yours.The moms in your support group are likely too busy taking care of their own challenging children to watch yours, too. But they may have found good babysitting resources in your community that they can share with you. Can&#39;t hurt to ask.<p>Respite services provide professionals to watch your child while you get a night or weekend off. The <a href="http://www.respitelocator.org/" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="externalLink" data-ordinal="1" rel="nofollow">ARCH National Respite Network</a> can help you find services in your area. Go to the <a href="http://archrespite.org/respitelocator" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="externalLink" data-ordinal="2" rel="nofollow">National Respite Locator</a> to find services in your community.</p>It ruins date night for sure, but if finding someone outside the immediate family proves to be impossible, see if you can at least alternate so that each of you gets time off -- and time in, being the exclusive caretaker and playmate. A weekly coffee out with a friend or half-hour at the gym can do a lot to refresh and relax you. Take what you can get.