‘Parent Resources’ Articles
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The National Center for Child Welfare Excellence has produced several curricula related to key issues in child welfare. Titles include:
• Reaching Higher: A Curriculum for Foster/Adoptive Parents and Kinship Caregivers Caring for LGBTQ Youth
• Reaching Higher: Increasing Competency in Practice with LGBTQ Youth in Child Welfare Systems
• Making it Possible: Permanency Pathways for Older Youth in Care
• Assessing Adult Relatives as Preferred Caretakers in Permanency Planning: A Competency-Based Curriculum
Each features a facilitator’s guide and handouts for participants.
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ITAO is happy to announce the launch of a statewide, virtual Book Club for Hawaii’s resource, adoptive, guardianship, permanency and kinship families. It will provide support to families and at the same time add to their expertise related to the needs of the children and youth in their home. The first book we are reading allows resource caregivers who read the book and complete the DHS Training Verification form to receive training 5 hour credits. Follow link for more information.
In April and September of 2013, the O`ahu Foster Care Training Committee (FCTC), presented a workshop to help families understand the effects that diet has on children. FCTC served nutritious food that was very well received by the families attending the training. We wanted to share the recipe for the most popular dish served as well as this information from the presenter, Stephanie Jurgenson. Follow link to learn more.