Who are the children of foster care? What, as a country, do we owe them? Cris Beam, a foster mother herself, spent five years immersed in the world of foster care, looking into these questions and tracing firsthand stories. The result is To the End of June, an unforgettable portrait that takes us deep inside the lives of foster children at the critical points in their search for a stable, loving family.
There are three ways you can support ITAO’s work with resource families.
Shop at Amazon through one of our book links.
When you enter Amazon through our website, a percentage of your purchase is directed back to us — including everything you purchase during that session. Start browsing our selection of great books here. You can also visit our A-store by clicking here. Purchasing books from that page works the same way to support ITAO.
Your donation supports our programs directly. Mail your check to:
It Takes An ‘Ohana
Family Programs Hawai‘i
250 Vineyard St.
Honolulu, HI 96813
We are always looking for volunteers to help us at events, in the office and from home. Email Judith at email@example.com to find out how you can help.
HB1576 is marching forward! This would not have been possible without YOU!
HB1576 has been appointed conferees and will be heard in Conference Committee meeting on April 16 in conference room 229 at the State Capitol. The Conference Committee will meet to resolve differences between the last House and Senate versions of the bill. As this is a decision making meeting only, no public testimony will be accepted.
ITAO will attend in case there are questions about IAC’s recommendations and let you know what, if any, actions we need to take from here.
The House Conferees are Representatives Carroll/Kobayashi, Co-Chairs; Morikawa, and Fukumoto. The Senate Conferees are Senators Chun Oakland, Chair; Ige, Co-Chair; Green, Keith-Agaran, and Slom.
We’re in the home stretch of this legislative session, but we still have a little ways to go. Thank you for all of your support! We will let you know when action needs to be taken on this bill that will raise the foster care reimbursement rate for the first time in 24 years!
Thank you for caring about the needs of our foster children and youth!
Follow this link to read a short but important article that does a beautiful job of articulating 5 basic realities of foster parenting. Written by Solvej Schou, who writes regularly for TakePart,and has also contributed to the Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, BBC.com, and Entertainment Weekly. The story starts with:
“Becoming a foster parent can be one of the most rewarding and loving acts of your life, but it is not an easy decision. Nor should it be. It takes extensive training, flexibility, commitment, hard work, and a willingness to provide a safe and stable temporary home for children who have been removed from their birth parents’ care by the court until family problems are resolved.”
by Judith on October 1, 2013
by Judith on September 10, 2013
We’ve assembled a list of some of the best books ever written about parenting, foster care and adoption and given you an easy way to read about them and purchase them online by clicking through from this website. When you do, ITAL receives a portion of the proceeds from that sale and from everything else you purchase on Amazon in that session! It’s a great way to support our work with foster and adoptive families.
The author, Victoria Rowell, is a former foster youth who is presenting July 19th at the `Ohana is Forever Conference in Kaneohe. I look forward to reading her book before we hear her.