May is National Foster Care Month. It is a time to send a heartfelt Mahalo to Hawaii’s Resource Families for the love and dedication shown to our community’s most vulnerable keiki.
At any given time in Hawaii, there are approximately 1,200 children that have been removed from their homes and placed in foster care due to abuse and/or neglect. The mission of the State of Hawaii Department of Human Services is to maintain permanency by keeping children at home with their families safely, reunification, relative placement and maintaining safe and appropriate connections to their families.
Children who are not able to return home or be placed with ohana need resource families that can provide safe, temporary care while a permanent plan is being made for them. There continues to be an urgent need for families, especially those able to care for teenagers and large sibling groups.
For more information, please call Partners In Development Foundation ~ Hui Hoomalu program at 441-1117 or toll free at 888-879-8970, www.pidf.org