Please pass this wonderful news to everyone! The correct FPH Warm Line numbers to use are (808) 545-1130 on Oahu and 1-866-545-0882 for our Neighbor Island `Ohana.
The 2017 Legislative Session is under way and we hope you want to lend your voice to ensure the needs of the children and families involved in child welfare are met. After reviewing bills, looking at what impact would be felt by the children and families we serve, we have chosen to advocate for several bills. Follow this link to learn more and to see how you can help.
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.
Family Programs Hawaii is pleased to announce the opening of the Family Strengthening Center in affiliation with the Hawaii School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University. The mission of the Center is to promote healthy development of children by strengthening their families though a multidisciplinary approach. This is accomplished in collaboration with many other organizations and agencies that address the healthy development of children. The Director of the Center, Dr. Steven J. Choy, is an Associate Professor at Argosy University and has over 40 years of clinical experience facilitating healthy development of children and helping families provide a nurturing and growth facilitating environment for their children. Follow link for more information and to see services provided.
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.