Project Visitation began as a joint collaboration between the Family Court of the First Circuit, the Department of Human Services (“DHS”), and Volunteer Legal Services Hawai`i in an effort to continue the relationship of brothers and sisters separated in Hawaii’s foster care system. This service is currently only available on Oahu.
The foster children referred to Project Visitation receive a visit with their siblings at least once a month. The VLSH volunteers facilitate the visits and support fun events where the kids can reconnect. The visits and events occur at parks, beaches, and other kid-friendly places outside of a DHS office. Project Visitation’s staff works closely with social workers, GALs, and foster parents to ensure that visits are appropriate and in the children’s best interest at all times. Visitation can be put on hold at any time if there are safety concerns.
If you know a foster child who has been separated from their brother or sister and would benefit from this project, please contact us. Foster parents, social workers, guardians ad litem, therapists, or others may call to recommend a child for this service.
For more information, please contact Foster Family Programs Hawai’i at (808) 521-9531.
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