Archive for March, 2014
I am so excited to be able to tell you that the Hawai`i State Budget was passed April 29th and it includes over $8,000,000 for a much needed foster care payment increase! Thank you to all who helped get this need addressed! Your voice really matters!
We ask those who can to please take a few moments to thank the following legislators who championed this bill:
Representative Carroll (586-6790)
Representative Luke (586-6200)
Senator Ige (586-6230)
Senator Chun Oakland (586-6130)
A big thanks also goes out to the Department of Human Services who developed a new methodology to calculate the rates and requested funds for this increase.
MAHALO NUI LOA to all who helped bring this much needed support to our Resource Families!
Follow this link to read a short but important article that does a beautiful job of articulating 5 basic realities of foster parenting. Written by Solvej Schou, who writes regularly for TakePart,and has also contributed to the Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, BBC.com, and Entertainment Weekly. The story starts with:
“Becoming a foster parent can be one of the most rewarding and loving acts of your life, but it is not an easy decision. Nor should it be. It takes extensive training, flexibility, commitment, hard work, and a willingness to provide a safe and stable temporary home for children who have been removed from their birth parents’ care by the court until family problems are resolved.”
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