‘Parent Resources’ Articles
Follow this link to read the results of this year’s legislative session regarding foster care in Hawai`i. We send a big “Mahalo!” to all who helped us move these initiatives forward this year – we couldn’t have gotten this far without your help! We also thank our State Legislators – their support was phenomenal!
It Takes An `Ohana’s Advisory Committee wants to know how we can best help you and also let you know what we are doing. Please help us do that by following this link to take a very short survey.
There are now bills in both the House (HR 4373) and the Senate (S 3616) that would accomplish the goal of an inclusive, permanent, refundable, adoption tax credit that is flat for special needs adoptions. Please ask your Representative to co-sponsor HR 4373 and both your Senators to co-sponsor S 3616. Visit the Adoption Tax [...]
The Adoption Tax Credit (ATC) is set to expire 12/31/12. The ATC is an important resource to help children find forever families and make adoption affordable for all. Save the Adoption Tax Credit is a national collaboration of organizations and individuals called the Adoption Tax Credit Working Group that have united to support the cause [...]
If you are a resource caregiver, you have a unique perspective on the strengths and needs of the children and youth you are fostering. That is why it is so important for you to attend their court hearings. It Takes An `Ohana’s recently revised “Caregivers and the Court Guide” gives you the “Whys” and “Hows” of doing so. Follow link to learn more.
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.
Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies: The Groundbreaking Program for the 4-A Disorders
Autism is an epidemic: It has spiked 1,500 percent in the last twenty years. ADHD, asthma and allergies have also skyrocketed over the same time period. One of these conditions now strikes one in every three children in America. But there is hope. Leading medical innovator Kenneth Bock, M.D., has helped change the lives of more than a thousand children, and in this important book, with a comprehensive program that targets all four of the 4-A disorders, he offers help to children everywhere. This is the book that finally puts hope within reach.
Hawaii Autism Foundation‘s mission is to educate and help Hawaii families find and fund treatments for Autism Spectrum Disorder. The Foundation was started by filmmakers Don & Julianne King who created the movie Beautiful Son, a personal story of their family’s journey to find help & healing for their son Beau – www.beautifulson.com in 2007. [...]
The winter 2012 newsletter of the Children, Youth, and Families Office of the American Psychological Association includes several articles about the mental health needs of children and youth who have experienced foster care, including challenges faced by adoptive families and the mental health services they have used. Follow link for more information.
According to the National Working Group on Foster Care and Education’s October 2011 report, “Success in school can be a positive counterweight to the abuse, neglect, separation and impermanence experienced by children and youth in foster care. Education has the potential to markedly improve their life chances and their ability to contribute to society as [...]