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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!
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
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.
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, child abuse and neglect back ground check, and sex offender registry check. Resource Caregiver(s) and adult household members
must be able to show a recent/credible history of safe behavior.
Families must be planning to remain in Hawaii for at least two years from the date of application. There may be exceptions to this time frame if you are open to urgent need groups such as large sibling groups (4+), teens.
(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)
Please click here to view "Resource Family Basics", a handout that details basic information such as supports, services, roles of resource caregivers, and other helpful information.
TRAINING FOR RESOURCE CAREGIVERSCaring 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
- Separation and Loss
The H.A.N.A.I. curriculum is a total of 18 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
Click here for Prudent Parenting Video 1 of 10
Click here for Prudent Parenting Video 2 of 10
Click here for Prudent Parenting Video 3 of 10
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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
When you become a Resource Caregiver, you become a part of a team. The Department of Human Services and partner agencies provide an array of services. Here are just a few:
- Each child is assigned to a Social Worker who supports them, and assures that they receive the services they need to reach their potential.
- Each Resource Family is assigned to a Licensing Worker who provides support so they can provide a safe, nurturing home environment for children.
- Medical coverage for each child
- Monthly room and board payment
- Our partner, Family Programs Hawaii, provides an array of support services, such as support groups, quarterly/annual conference & training, Warm Line, etc. Click here for more information.
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.