Foster and Adoptive Care

The Department of Human Services & its Community Partners
Honor and Support Resource and Adoptive Families

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.

Celebrated in June each year, National Reunification Month recognizes the people and efforts around the country that help families to stay together. In Hawaii, over the years, we have recognized families and their support system comprised of Family Court, Child Welfare Services, as well as the individuals and community partners – including social workers, resource caregivers, judiciary representatives, and social service providers that strengthen and support families working to reunite with their children. Mahalo to all who contribute to reunifying and keeping families together!

In celebration of National Reunification Month, a consortium of Hawaii non-profit agencies, Child Welfare Services, and the Judiciary, have created a Live Reunification Webinar on Tuesday June 29th, 2021 to highlight the power of Resource Family and Birth Family Connections on the road to Reunification. The Webinar is open to the public and we invite you to attend!



National Reunification Month Webinar- All Are Welcome!
Day: June 29th, 2021
Time: 12:15pm-1:15pm
Please Click Here to Register & Receive the Zoom Link: Webinar Registration – Zoom

2020: A Healing Journey: The Road to Reunification
2019: Hikalea Family
2018: Estrella Barnett
2016: Soares Family
2015: Ganon Family
2014: Kim Seu Family
2013: U’u Family

WARM LINE SUPPORT LINE FOR RESOURCE CAREGIVERS IS NOW OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK, 8:30AM-10:00PM.  Oahu (808)545-1130/Neighbor Islands 1-866-545-0882 (Toll-free).  WE ARE HERE TO SUPPORT YOU!

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.” To learn more about Foster Care in Hawaii visit or attend a Foster Care Info Session.



Tuesday, September 14th, 2021
6:00 pm-7:00 pm

Thursday, October 7th, 2021
12:00 pm-1:00 pm

Wednesday, November 17th, 2021
6:00 pm-7:00 pm

Friday, December 10th, 2021
12:00 pm-1:00 pm

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Frequently Asked Questions

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

The approval process requires the social worker to:

    • Conduct child abuse and neglect checks and criminal history clearances on all adult household members
    • Conduct a home visit
    • Obtain references on the prospective resource caregivers
    • Obtain medical reports for the prospective resource caregivers and TB clearances for all adult household members
    • Obtain a copy of a marriage certificate, if applicable, for the prospective resource families
    • 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:

    • 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.
    • 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. Catholic Charities Hawai’i is contracted by the Department to provide the training.

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

Partners in Development Foundation
Project Pilina
Fostering Begins Here
E-mail: [email protected]

Ongoing Training Requirements & Resources for Resource Caregivers:

4.  What are the Reasonable and Prudent Parent Standards for resource caregivers and child-caring institutions?

We have compiled a guide for resource caregivers and child-caring institutions that you can access here.

5.  How can resource caregivers and child-caring institutions promote normalcy and well-being in children and young people in foster care?

We created a question and answer guide for resource caregivers and child-caring institutions to better understand what measures help promote normalcy and well-being.

Resources for Resource and Adoptive Families

NEWSLETTERS: Hui Ho’omalu Statewide Resource Advisory Committee (RAC)

Family Programs Hawaii

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families National Adoption Month

Comparison of Permanency Options: Rights, Responsibilities & Benefits Regarding Adoption. Legal Guardianship and Permanent Custody

Licensed Agencies in Hawaii