‘Foster Care’ Articles
PlayBuilders of Hawaiʻi Theater Company is holding the world premiere of the play Dragon Fly: The Journey of a Young Local Girl in Foster Care. The play was 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. Follow link for details.
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.
Resource families tell us often that they need a list of therapists that shows the type of therapy, insurance accepted and location of therapists. We have found an easy to use resource to help with this. Follow link for more information.
Good news for children in Hawaii who are involved in foster care and their caregivers – the Department of Human Services and Hawaii Appleseed have come to an agreement that provides more monetary support each month for the care of foster youth plus a higher clothing allowance! Follow link to learn more.
Follow link to see handouts/videos from the 2016 Annual Child Welfare Law Update Conference.
The Child Welfare Information Gateway has a new web page with resources to help professionals and parents support and promote normal childhood experience for youth in foster care. The page highlights the provision of the 2014 Strengthening Families Act that allows caregivers and foster parents to use a reasonable and prudent parent standard as they make decisions to allow young people to participate in age-appropriate activities that were too often off-limits for youth in care.
The 10th Annual Ohana is Forever conference was held on July 15, 2016. It provided tools to guide youth and the adults who support them to rise above past adverse experiences and build a foundation for ensuring a happy future and a positive legacy. Follow link to access handouts and videos related to the event.
Family Programs Hawaii’s new program, Skills for Success, will be starting this February! This interactive, six consecutive week training program is for Youth ages 14-18 who are currently in foster care AND their resource caregivers. Upon completion, interested youth can be connected to career shadowing as well as receive a gift card. Resource caregivers will receive six training hours! Follow link for flyer with times and dates plus more information.
Attending their court hearings benefit both the foster youth and the court. Youth develop a sense of control over the process when they actively participate. They also have the opportunity to understand the process by seeing the court proceeding firsthand. The court learns more about the children than simply what is presented in reports. Follow link for more benefits and how to support a foster youth attending his or her hearings.
Surveys show that when 20 or more constituents call a national legislator’s office about the same issue, that issue becomes a high priority for that legislator. Please add your voice to the needs of families who help make the world a better place by adopting children from foster care! Follow link to learn more and MAHALO for caring!