‘Foster Care Basics’ Articles
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.
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.
We are pleased to share details of the foster care rate with you. The Director of DHS, Pat McManaman, shared the details in a 2 page document that you can find by following this link.
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.”
It Takes An `Ohana’s Advisory Committee identifies focus areas we believe to be most pressing for resource families and work to improve them. Follow link to learn more.
As all states are mandated to establish an Ongoing Training Requirement for Resource Caregivers by the Federal Government to further ensure the safety and support of our children, youth and all of our families, the Hawaii Department of Human Services has initiated a Mandatory Ongoing Training Requirement for all licensed resource families beginning 1/1/13. Follow link for more details.
“Care to Share” is a way for people to share their unneeded items with resource families who need them. Resource families are families who have opened their home to children through fostering, adoption, or guardianship.
A compilation of resources and supports available to resource caregivers. Some are DHS-specific; most are available to all resource caregivers, formerly known as foster parents.
This article describes the typical progession a child makes through a state welfare system.