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Rights of Children in Foster Care


As a child or youth in Hawai'i's Child Welfare Services Foster Care system, you have the following rights: Rights of Children in Foster Care (PDF)

Graduation  Higher Education Students can now apply online for benefits to assist with the cost of attending an instituition of higher education:

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The National Youth in Transition Database Survey (NYTD): share information to help improve services to youth in foster care and earn some money at the same time.

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Helps youths learn the basics of handling their money and finances, including how to create positive relationships with financial institutions. Equipping young people in their formative years with the basics of financial education can give them the knowledge, skills, and confidence they need to manage their finances once they enter the real world.

Money Smart - A Financial Education Program

News & Events

Jun 23, 2020  

'Ohana is Forever Conference is going VIRTUAL




Are you between the ages of 14 and under 27?

Do you fit one of these categories?

·         I am currently in foster care

·         I turned 18 while in foster care

·         After my 16th birthday, I was adopted or entered/legal guardianship

(Not sure?  Call 1-844-588-4682 and leave a message with your name and we’ll get back to you)


If YES, you're invited!  We are excited to announce that our annual 'Ohana is Forever Conference is going VIRTUAL on Friday, July 17, 2020 from 9:30am-12pm!

This year’s theme is “2020 Vision: A Fresh Start". Join current and former foster youth and local service providers for inspirational speakers, a workshop just for young people and live entertainment by Johnny Suite. Youth/young adults are also eligible for special giveaways!

Virtual Conference Details

  • Friday, July 17, 2020
  • 9:30 a.m. - Opening Remarks 
  • 9:45 a.m. - Conference begins
  • 12:00 p.m. - Conference ends

***The first 90 current and former youth in foster care, who register for and participate in the conference, will receive new Samsung Galaxy (8” Wi-Fi 32GB) tablets.  If the you need the tablet in order to easily participate in the conference program, which will include breakouts for the youth, please let us know as soon as possible and we will make our best effort to get the table to you before the conference date.*** 



PLEASE REGISTER BY JULY 3 (Click on link below to register):


For those of you who register for the conference, we will send you the link to join the conference online before July 17.



Contact Faye Kimura at or (808) 382-7976 if you have any questions. 

This event is principally funded by the Hawai‘i Court Improvement Program and the Victoria S. and Bradley L. Geist Foundation; supported by the Hawai‘i Department of Human Services,  EPIC ?Ohana, Family Programs Hawaii, and First Circuit Family Court; and coordinated by the William S. Richardson School of Law

May 08, 2020  

FALL 2020 ETV 

May 1, 2020 -  SHAKATown open to receive ETV Applications 

August 14, 2020 - Last day to file a completed application,["completed" means application information and ALL the required documents]. 

September 25, 2020 – ETV benefit checks issued on or about this date

Awards based on need up to $5,000.00 per year for full-time students and up to $2,500 for part-time students.

You can file an ETV application even if you participate in another DHS program, like Imua Kakou (Extended Foster Care)! and Extended Assistance (AA/PA)! or Higher Ed !

Not sure if you might be eligible? File an application and DHS will figure out if you are eligible.

Basic eligibility criteria:

  • AGE: 18 through 25
    • Aged / transitioned out of DHS Foster Care at 18 or older
    • Adopted at age 16 or older
    • Legal guardianship to a kin at age 16 or older
    • Attending an accredited institution of higher education
    • Filed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
    • Making satisfactory progress [“C” or better] – specifically not on FAFSA academic suspension/ probation
    • Budget is reasonable and for allowable cost of attendance
Jan 28, 2020  

Fall 2020-Spring 2021 UH Common Scholarship

Feb 02, 2019  

Manaiakalani Scholarship is now available for the 2019-2020 Academic Year

Eligibility - potential students must meet the following criteria

  • Hawai'i resident that will attend UH Maui College
  • Demonstrate financial need and barriers/challenges keeping you from attending college
  • First time college student or minimal college experience (1 semester maximum)
  • Enroll in a minimum of 6 credits, including a mandatory cohort class in Fall 2019

Go to the Manaiakalani website - 

Feb 02, 2019  

University of Hawaii Common Scholarship Application Deadline March 1st


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`Ohana is Forever V: Our Next Steps
Working Together to Improve Outcomes for Transitioning Foster Youth in Hawai'i

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Family Findings

The Kalani Story

Family Findings will help reconnect youth with their lost relatives. Coming Soon to ShakaTown!!!!

If you are a youth looking for a lost relative, please contact your social worker.