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.
Follow link for tips from the Hawaii Foster Youth Coalition that can help foster children and youth handle the sadness they may experience during the holidays.
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!
Many resource caregivers and adoptive parents may be living with undiagnosed children & youth affected with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Their child may appear to be healthy but because FASD affected children have permanent brain damage, learning and controlling behavior can present special problems. Follow link for a fact sheet that offers support.
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.
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.
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. […]