We are happy that almost all the bills we advocated for this year at the Hawaii State Legislator were passed and have been signed by the governor, thus they are now law! Follow link to learn more.
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.
ITAO is trying something new with the Book Club this year by changing from an on-line forum to meeting in person! We will talk about our current book using questions from the DHS Alternative Verification Form, making it easy to fill in the DHS form to receive the 5.25 DHS training credit hours for the book plus a certificate for an additional training credit hour, thus fulfilling the annual training credit hours with the DHS. The date for our first meeting is April 13, 2016. Neighbor Islanders can join us via the internet. Follow link for more info.
ATTENTION! AUDITION CALL!
Wanted! Former foster youth ages 18 to 26 to participate in PlayBuilders newest community collaborative theatre project, “Fostering Ohana.” Follow link for more information.
The ITAO Advisory Committee created the Kaukini Award in 2013 to honor DHS staff that goes above and beyond in accessibility, advocacy, commitment and dedication to bring about positive outcomes for children and families affected by child welfare. Follow link to see list of awardees!
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.
Teen Days are celebrations for youth that provide current and former foster youth an opportunity to hear inspiring, motivational stories that come from young adults who were once at-risk youth, meet other foster youth and learn about community resources that can help them as they begin planning a bright future. Many Teen Days also include a mock hearing to prepare youth for attending their court hearings and allows them to meet and talk with Family Court judges. Follow link for more information, dates, locations and times of the upcoming Teen Days.
Surveys show that when 20 or more constituents call a national legislator’s office about the same issue, that issue becomes a high priority for that legislator. Please add your voice to the needs of families who help make the world a better place by adopting children from foster care! Follow link to learn more and MAHALO for caring!
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.