WEST HAWAI‘I ISLAND: 808.323.2664
81-6587 Mamalahoa Hwy. Bldg. C
Kealakekua, HI 96750
EAST HAWAI‘I ISLAND: 808.935.2188
1045-A Kilauea Ave.
Hilo, HI 96720
What is the Transitional Family Home / Respite Home (Foster Parenting) Program?
Transitional Family Homes Program provides an intensive system of support, sanctuary, skills training, counseling and clinical services for youth who are unable to live with their own families.
Youth are able to live in the community and are able to participate in family, school and community activities. Foster parents provide 24 hour supervision, which may be decreased as a youth is prepared for discharge.
The program also offers assistance to the family in resolving problems that necessitated the youth’s placement. The youth is prepared for discharge and reintegration into the family, when appropriate, or other less restrictive setting.
Are you interested in becoming a Foster Parent?
REASONS TO BECOME A THERAPEUTIC FOSTER PARENT:
• The number of children in foster care in Hawai’i and across the United States has been steadily increasing, with currently almost a half million children in foster homes (Department of Health and Human Services: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/cb/afcarsreport22.pdf).
• Without safe homes only about 50% of foster youth graduate high school and very few graduate college (National Foster Youth Institute: https://www.nfyi.org/issues/education/).
• Almost 25% of foster youth will be homeless within two years of exiting the foster care system (Covenant House: https://www.covenanthouse.org/homeless-teen-issues/statistics).
The good news is that foster parents can make a very real difference in the lives of children everyday! They provide stability, model healthy family interactions and relationships, teach values, share their homes, their lives, and can be a lifeline for a child who really needs it.
Of course raising any child is not always easy, and youth in therapeutic foster homes come with their own life experiences. Which is why Child & Family Service provides:
• 24/7 support
• A generous stipend
• One weekend off each month
• A Therapist & a Life Skills Specialist is assigned to each child
Many of our youth successfully reunite with family, some have enrolled in college, a large percent have gone on to have jobs in the community and lead independent lives with the skills they have learned from you while in our program.
When you become a Therapeutic Foster Parent, the child placed with you will likely share your home and your life for a short time, between 3-9 months. But during that time you will have countless opportunities to nurture the youth’s growth and development in supportive loving ways and positively shape that child’s life forever. Be part of a child’s success story. Your community needs you!
The Department of Health provides access to its programs and activities without regard to race, color, national origin/ancestry-including language, age, sex-including gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, color, religion, or disability.
Write or call the Hawaii State Department of Health, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division at 3627 Kilauea Avenue, Room 101 Honolulu, Hawaii 96816 or at (808) 733-9333. Or write or call the Affirmative Action Office at P.O. Box 3378, Honolulu, HI 96801-3378 or at (808) 586-4614 (voice/TRS) or 586-4648 (TDD) within 180 days of a problem.