‘Foster Care’ Articles
We at ITAO believe strongly that “Knowledge is Power”, thus work to bring the information you need as a resource family to you. In particular, we believe that information about your foster child and the case plan is necessary for you to have so that you can provide the best care for each child in your home. In light of that need, we worked with the Hawai`i Department of Human Sevices to put together a “Information Resource Caregivers are Entitled To”. Follow link to download and print.
In January of 2015 ITAO worked with DHS to update the list of phone numbers that resource caregivers may need in the course of fostering the children in their care. Follow this link to download the Who-To-Call list.
We send a big MAHALO to each and every person who steps up to the plate to help children and families in need and hope that this information is helpful to YOU!
`Ohana is Forever IX: Beyond a Label details: Friday, July 24, 2015 Ko‘olau Golf Course in Kaneohe, Oahu Registration & Continental Breakfast: 8:30 a.m. Conference: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Click here to register on-line by July 7, 2015 Click here for a flyer with more information. Please join us for this free, statewide, foster […]
Unique tax rules affect resource, foster, kinship care, and adoptive families. The best information regarding these tax rules that we have seen so far this year come from NYS Citizens’ Coalition for Children’s website. Follow link for more info.
Follow link to learn about law changes made at this year’s legislature.
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 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.”
Managing Difficult Behaviors
When a bill is scheduled to be heard, it is very important to let our legislators know that there is a lot of community support for your cause! Follow links for tips on submitting testimony in Hawai`i.