Foster and Adoptive Care

foster-careThe Department of Human Services and its Community Partners
Honor and Support Resource and Adoptive Families

To learn more about Foster and Adoptive Care in Hawaii visit

Statewide Foster Care Information Meetings

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
5:00pm – 6:30pm
Queen Liliuokalani Children’s Center
1791 Wili Pa Loop
Call 268-5122 for more information

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Waikoloa Village Association Community Room
68-1792 Melia Street
Call 896-3829 for more information

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Hilo Missionary Church
1044 Komohana Street
Contact 987-5988 for more information

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Queen Liliuokalani Children’s Center
1300-A Halona Street (Kalihi)
Contact 441-1117 for more information


The Mission
Permanency by keeping children at home with their families safely (prevent removal), reunification, relative placement and maintaining safe and appropriate birth family connections.

Answering the Call – You don’t have to be perfect to be a perfect parent. There are thousands of teens in foster care who would love to put up with you.”

Foster Care Information Sessions
Learn about foster care, how to become a licensed resource caregiver and speak with current resource caregivers. Call 441-1117 for more information.

Selection of Resource Families (Providing Temporary Foster Care) Frequently Asked Questions

1. What process does DHS follow in approving resource families?

The approval process requires the social worker to:

      1. Conduct child abuse and neglect checks and criminal history clearances on all adult household members
      2. Conduct a home visit
      3. Obtain references on the prospective resource caregivers
      4. Obtain medical reports for the prospective resource caregivers and TB clearances for all adult household members
      5. Obtain a copy of a marriage certificate, if applicable, for the prospective resource families
      6. Obtain financial information and employment history for the prospective resource families

2. What criminal or child abuse history would disqualify a person from being a resource caregiver?

The Department of Human Services adheres to the Federal Law which prohibits the licensing of a resource caregiver/home if:

    1. At any time, there has been a felony conviction for child abuse and neglect; spousal abuse; a crime against a child or children, including child pornography; or a crime involving violence, including rape, sexual assault, or homicide, but not including other physical assault or battery.
    2. If within the last five years, there has been a felony conviction for physical assault, battery or a drug related offense.

Other situations of confirmed child abuse and neglect cases and other criminal convictions would need to be assessed if they pose a risk to children in care.

3. Do prospective resource families receive any training?

Yes, applicants are required to attend an 15-hour pre-service training, called HANAI. Partners In Development Foundation-Hui Ho’omalu (PIDF) is contracted by the Department to provide the training.

Hanai Training Video

PIDF Contract

If you are interested in becoming a resource family, PIDF can be reached at:

Partners in Development Foundation
Hui Ho’omalu
680 Iwilei Road, Suite 500
Honolulu, HI 96817
Oahu: (808)441-1117
Toll Free: (888)879-8970
Fax: (808)441-1122


Ongoing Training Requirements & Resources for Resource Caregivers:

Hui Ho’omalu Statewide Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) Newsletters