Follow this link to download guides with help for both current and former foster youth and their supporting adults. The guides help take inventory of Youths’ current assets, identify resources and plan for a bright future. Each domain lists assets and skills Youth need to develop and hone prior to entering adulthood.
Resource caregivers have a unique perspective on the strengths and needs of the children and youth they are fostering, making it very important that we attend our foster children and youths’ court hearings. Below are the handouts provided at the Caregivers and the Courts training provided to Resource Families in the Fall of 2012. Caregivers [...]
The Foster Care Training Committee, supported by the Hawaii Department of Human Services, hosted this training on August 30, 2012. The training presenters were: Stacia Ohira has worked in the field of social services for over ten years advocating for many different populations. She has experience working with at risk youth, inmate populations including sex [...]
Follow this link to see the latest information available regarding child welfare laws and policy in Hawai`i. There you will find the handouts and program from the 2012 Law Update Conference held August 24, 2012 at Ko`olau Ballrooms in Kaneohe.
If you have a teen close to aging out who would like to attend college, follow this link to view the fact sheet Postsecondary Education Resources for Youth In and Transitioning Out of the Child Welfare System.
Follow this link to download handouts from the Foster Care Training Committee (FCTC) training, Improving Children’s Behavior: Re-energizing the Traumatized Brain in Children, featuring Dr. Steven Choy.
Every time you read aloud to your child, you are helping set the stage for their future educational success! Research shows that reading aloud to children is one of the most effective ways parents and caregivers can help children develop the language skills that they will use to be successful in school and through-out their lives. Follow link to download fact sheet that tells you how to give the keiki in your home a head start by explaining “Why and “How To” Read Aloud to Keiki”.
It is up to us to help the children and youth in our care see the possibilities before them. Read this fact sheet to learn more about the opportunities foster youth in Hawai‘i have for higher education scholarships and grant opportunities available and how to help your foster youth realize their potential.
Click here to download Supporting Maltreated Children to learn how early neglect and abuse affect attachment and brain development and how to help children so affected. This article was adapted from articles by Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D. It is from Adoptalk, published by the North American Council on Adoptable Children, St. Paul, Minnesota; 651-644-3036; www.nacac.org. [...]
Follow this link to find the handouts from the `Ohana is Forever V: Our Next Steps Conference that was held on September 30, 2011 at Ko`olau Ballrooms in Kaneohe, Hawai`i.