Follow link to download the PowerPoints used at the `Ohana is Forever VIII: Ke Ola Hou: New Beginnings Conference on July 18, 2014 at Ko`olau Ballrooms in Kaneohe, Hawai`i. You will also find a link to the video played during the Imua Kakou presentation.
One of the most important things a caregiver of children and youth in foster care can do is to help them heal from trauma. If you can give the children in your home nurturance, structure, predictability, they have a chance of building good things inside themselves. We want to help you foster such an environment! Click here for a quick read that will explain some of the basics and give you tips by the author of “The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog” and“Born to Love”, Dr. Bruce Perry.
Another important factor in bringing good outcomes for our children and youth is education. According to the National Working Group on Foster Care and Education’s October 2011 report, “Success in school can be a positive counterweight to the abuse, neglect, separation and impermanence experienced by children and youth in foster care. Click here for the entire report.
It Takes An `Ohana (ITAO) became a part of Family Programs Hawaii’s (FPH) in 2010, allowing ITAO to renew our concentration on our core mission with greater support and resources. Click here to check us out on Facebook.
We recently updated our “Resource Brochure for Current & Former Foster Youth”. There are great resources available to support our amazing foster youth, but if youth don’t know how to access them, they mean little. That is why we created this brochure and keep it updated – knowledge is power! To download brochure, click on this link: Brochure 14-06-09. Or, if you would like us to send you hard copies, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 808-540-2543. Please give us your name, mailing address and the amount of brochures you need.
The Spring 2014 edition of the Department of Human Services newsletter features a story on the ITAO Advisory Committee’s Kaukini Award. The Award honors those who go above and beyond in accessibility, advocacy, commitment and dedication to bring about positive outcomes for children and families affected by child welfare. Follow link for more info.
We are pleased to share details of the foster care rate with you. The Director of DHS, Pat McManaman, shared the details in a 2 page document that you can find by following this link.
One of the most important things adults can do to help Foster Children and Youth develop into caring, competent, and confident adults is to incorporate these 4 vital Protective Factors* into their lives.
Relationships with caring and supportive people
Every foster youth needs at least one supportive adult who provides steadfast encouragement and guidance. This caring adult presence plays a crucial role in determining the Foster Youth’s success. This person may be a family member, older sibling, teacher, coach, or other caring adult.
A Sense of Hope & Purpose
These often come from religion/spiritual association, faith, and culture. Identifying with a particular group or culture can instill a sense of pride. Believing that God (or whatever spiritual deity they have been exposed to) loves them, is a reminder that with the presence of hope and faith, they are never alone and can persevere through anything. Supportive adults (ministers, resource caregivers, Sunday school teachers, coaches, judges, social workers, etc.) who say positive things such as “you are great”, “we love you,” and “God loves you” are powerful messages for a child who may not hear them anywhere else.
Work and Responsibilities
Foster Children and Youth given the opportunity to develop a strong work ethic, even in the face of adversity, have important tools to fall back on when things get tough. Youth given household responsibilities and/or are able to work outside of the home are more resilient because later in life they are able to persevere, even when things are difficult.
Opportunities to Participate in Meaningful Activities
Help instill a sense of self in Foster Children and Youth by encouraging them to be active in dance, music, art, student government, clubs on campus, sports teams, etc. These are all meaningful ways to develop a sense of identity. Learning new skills will lead to greater self-confidence, which will in turn help Children and Youth make good life choices.
*Protective Factors based on Emmy Werner’s Kauai Longitudinal Study. Download the guide for adults who support foster youth.