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Consider Foster Care...Change a lifetime by getting involved in a child's life.  Nearly 50% of the children in foster care are Native Hawaiian.  Click here to view "Fostering Hawaiian Children:  No Kakou Ke Kuleana".
Mahalo to Oiwi TV, Honolulu Star-Advertiser and Kau'i and Rocco Keola. 


In 2006, the State of Hawai‘i Department of Human Services (DHS) awarded a master contract to PIDF to form Hui Ho‘omalu (a group to protect and shelter), to help enhance and advance Hawai‘i’s foster care system.  As a Hui, this statewide initiative addresses the identification, recruitment, screening, assessment, training, ongoing support, and retention of Resource Families for children and families that are in the care of DHS.  PIDF partners with Catholic Charities Hawai‘i and Family Programs Hawai‘i to provide services to Resource Families.

PIDF, in addition to being the master contractor, also provides the General Licensing service of the contract.  This  includes recruitment, training, and assessment of families who wish to become "General Licensed" Resource Caregivers, those who wish to provide care for unrelated children.

Catholic Charities Hawaii trains and assesses families to become "Child Specific" Resource Caregivers, those who wish to provide care for a specific child they have an existing relationship with.

Family Programs Hawaii provides support and retention services for all Resource Families. 


Click on the links below to view inspirational stories of foster care from the eyes of a birth family, a Resource Family, and a teen in foster care:

Home:  The Story of Vivian Kim Seu and Family
Belong:  The Story of Mariah Fernando
Heroes:  The Story of Joedi and Tony Wood



FOSTER CARE INFORMATION SESSIONS
Learn more about the foster care licensing process and hear from Resource Caregivers, former foster youth.  Also learn about other ways to get involved!
        

OAHU - KAPOLEI
Saturday, June 11, 2016
10:00am - 11:30am
New Hope Leeward - Kapolei Campus
480 Kamokila Blvd.
Kapolei, HI  96707
To reserve your seat, call 441-1117 or click here to submit online registration.
Webinar access available from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/553588325
Access Code: 553-588-325

OAHU - KANEOHE
Saturday, July 9, 2016
10:00am - 11:30am
Queen Liliuokalani Children's Center - Koolau Poko Unit
46-316 Haiku Rd.
Kaneohe, HI  96744
To reserve your seat, call 441-1117 or click here to submit online registration.
Webinar access available from your computer,
tablet or smartphone.
OAHU - WAIKELE
Saturday, August 6, 2016
10:00am - 11:30am
Inspire Church, Waikele
94-877 Lumiaina St.
Waipahu, HI  96797
To reserve your seat, call 441-1117 or click here to submit online registration.
Webinar access available from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/718961797
Access Code: 718-961-797





INTERESTED IN FOSTER CARE?
WE NEED YOU…

There are approximately 1,200 children in Hawai‘i who are not able to live with their families.  We especially need General Licensed families willing to accept older children/teenagers and sibling groups.


Children are moved from their homes for reasons such as:

  • Physical Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Psychological Abuse
  • Neglect/Medical Neglect


Parents/caregivers need time and support to improve the home environment or learn to provide a safe one for their children. 


When children have to be removed from their homes the ideal place for them would be a relative/friend’s home that they are familiar with, a home in their neighborhood and school district, a culturally similar home.  Most of the time this does not happen.  Children are often placed in families and areas that are completely unfamiliar to them.  In addition to having to deal with the trauma of leaving their homes and families, they must transfer schools and get acquainted with a new community.


That’s where you come in…we need Resource Families of every cultural background, in every community in Hawai‘i. 


Give the gift of foster care… be there for a child and their family when they need it most.


Paul and Dottie Brennan made a difference in Fred's life


Bill and Wainani Lee are meeting the need in Hilo


Owen Tango is meeting the need on Kaua‘i


Patti and Len Poleshaj are meeting the need on O‘ahu


Be the rock for a child in need


THE BASIC REQUIREMENTS TO BE A RESOURCE FAMILY

  • The desire and ability to accept a foster child into your home based on the reunification plan made by the state.  Foster care is temporary and a resource home needs to be a safe and nurturing environment  for the child in foster care while a permanent plan is made.  Reunification with birth family is the goal for every child who enters foster care.  If the child cannot go back, the next option is placement with relatives.
  • Space in your home for an additional child  Generally, a child in foster care may not share a room with an adult, but may share a room with other children of the same gender.
  • Income must cover usual household expenses A household must be able to show that regular household expenses do not exceed monthly household income.
  • Completion of a criminal and a child abuse and neglect back ground check.  Resource Caregiver(s) and adult household members must be able to show a recent/credible history of safe behavior.

(Please note that this is an abridged list of requirements. Our staff would be happy to clarify or explain the full requirements over the phone)


TRAINING FOR RESOURCE CAREGIVERS

Caring for children who have experienced trauma is different.  People who are interested in becoming Resource Caregivers or those who just want to learn more about foster care in Hawai‘i attend H.A.N.A.I. Training.  H.A.N.A.I. stands for “Hawai‘i Assures Nurturing and Involvement.”  Some of the topics covered in H.A.N.A.I. include:
  • Understand the Department of Human Services
  • The role of the Resource Family
  • Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Attachment
  • Separation and Loss
  • Discipline

The H.A.N.A.I. curriculum is a total of 15 hours and is  comprised of six training sessions.  Three of these sessions are completed in-person with a Trainer and a Co-Trainer.  The other three sessions are completed independently by watching DVD segments.  Completion of all six training sessions are a required part of the licensing process for all applicants.   Click here to view H.A.N.A.I. Training Videos.


Click here for H.A.N.A.I. Video Training Assessment - Orientation

Click here for H.A.N.A.I. Video Training Assessment - Session 2

Click here for H.A.N.A.I. Video Training Assessment - Session 4

Click here for H.A.N.A.I. Video Agreement


Training sessions are available on all islands.  Please call (808) 441-1117 or Toll Free (888)879-8970 for upcoming classes. 

Click here for Keeping Connections

Click here for Application Instructions

CONTACT US

Call or email us.  We have staff on O‘ahu and all the Neighbor Islands that can answer your questions and assist you with the licensing process. 


I CAN'T BE A RESOURCE CAREGIVER BUT I STILL WANT TO HELP.  WHAT CAN I DO?

  • Refer your friends and family!  You could be eligible for a $200 ‘Ohana Reward!

  • Invite us to come and share the need at your workplace, church, and community group.  We can do presentations (as short as 5 minutes), share information at booths, etc.
  • Insert our ad in newsletters, magazines, paystubs
  • Print and post our flyer in your workplace, community.

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