The 2017 Legislative Session is under way and we hope you want to lend your voice to ensure the needs of the children and families involved in child welfare are met. After reviewing bills, looking at what impact would be felt by the children and families we serve, we have chosen to advocate for several bills. Follow this link to learn more and to see how you can help.
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.
PlayBuilders of Hawaiʻi Theater Company is holding auditions for Dragon Fly: The Journey of a Young Local Girl in Foster Care written by Terri Madden in collaboration with Hawaii’s Foster Care Community, with music by Apu Turano and Layla Kilolu (rap lyrics by Michelle Martin). Directed by William Haʻo, Dragonfly is about a young girl named Tara who is removed from her biological mother at the age of 4, and spends much of her childhood running from place to place, searching for family, only to find that, in the end, only she holds the key to forgiveness which ultimately allows her to form a stable family of her own.
WHAT: Auditions for Dragonfly
WHERE: The ARTS at Marks Garage
WHEN: Sundays, January 22 and January 29th, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
A study by the American Academy of Pediatrics found that children placed in foster care were five times more likely to have anxiety, six times more likely to have behavioral problems and seven times more likely to be depressed. Follow link to learn more.
Family Programs Hawaii is pleased to announce the opening of the Family Strengthening Center in affiliation with the Hawaii School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University. The mission of the Center is to promote healthy development of children by strengthening their families though a multidisciplinary approach. This is accomplished in collaboration with many other organizations and agencies that address the healthy development of children. The Director of the Center, Dr. Steven J. Choy, is an Associate Professor at Argosy University and has over 40 years of clinical experience facilitating healthy development of children and helping families provide a nurturing and growth facilitating environment for their children. Follow link for more information and to see services provided.
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.