ITAO is trying something new with the Book Club this year by changing from an on-line forum to meeting in person! We will talk about our current book using questions from the DHS Alternative Verification Form, making it easy to fill in the DHS form to receive the 5.25 DHS training credit hours for the book plus a certificate for an additional training credit hour, thus fulfilling the annual training credit hours with the DHS. The date for our first meeting is April 13, 2016. Neighbor Islanders can join us via the internet. Follow link for more info.
A HISTORY OF HELPING FAMILIES
Since 1971, ITAO has made a difference in the lives of thousands of children in Hawaii by offering resources and information to those in the community concerned with protecting the interests of children and youth in out-of-home care, while providing responsible advocacy.
We believe that through education and support, resource caregivers (foster parents) will develop the skills to become credible, tenacious, excellent advocates for children and themselves.
We believe in improving the quality of foster care by empowering resource caregivers, adoptive parents, and legal guardians with information, skills, and support which enable them to effect change.
We are committed to providing easily accessible, accurate, and useful information, especially to prospective resource caregivers, adoptive parents, and legal guardians.
We are committed to working in a spirit of respect, love, and care.
The It Takes An `Ohana mission is to offer resources and information to those in the community concerned with protecting the interests of children and youth in out-of-home care, while providing responsible advocacy.
Advocacy – With first hand knowledge of the challenges faced by resource and adoptive families, ITAO advocates for a quality foster care system by sponsoring legislation and contacting decision makers. On an individual level, ITAO teaches parents how to advocate for the needs of their children.
Information Services- Providing a way for resource caregivers to communicate their needs – and to get real-life solutions to these needs – is at the core of ITAO’s mission. In addition to the newsletter, ITAO maintains a library of books and videos, this website, and email listserve to keep foster parents in touch.
Referral Services -ITAO’s working relationships with a variety of agencies gives the association the unique ability to find the right resources for children and families in need. ITAO’s mentor services provide one-to-one support and guidance in resolving difficult situations.
Please pass this wonderful news to everyone! The correct FPH Warm Line numbers to use are (808) 545-1130 on Oahu and 1-866-545-0882 for our Neighbor Island `Ohana.
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.
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ITAO is happy to announce the launch of a statewide, virtual Book Club for Hawaii’s resource, adoptive, guardianship, permanency and kinship families. It will provide support to families and at the same time add to their expertise related to the needs of the children and youth in their home. The first book we are reading allows resource caregivers who read the book and complete the DHS Training Verification form to receive training 5 hour credits. Follow link for more information.
We’ve assembled a list of some of the best books ever written about parenting, foster care and adoption and given you a link to purchase them online by clicking through from this website. When you do, ITAO receives a portion of the proceeds from that sale and from everything else you purchase on Amazon in that session, from books to computers! It’s a great way to support our work with foster and adoptive families.