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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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Nytd-1  NYTD

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.

For More Information about NYTD Click Here

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Moneycalculator64   Money Smarts

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

Jan 20, 2021  

HCF Scholarship

Oct 27, 2020  

Cash Grants for Up to $1,000 for Current and Former Foster Youth 

Current and Former Foster Youth are disproportionally being affected by COVID-19. Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, is giving away $1 Billion in response to the pandemic. So far he has given away $236 million. Think of Us is a small nonprofit and does not typically provide this type of support.

What is this and what can a current or former foster youth possibly get?

  • This is an application for an opportunity to apply for a one-time micro cash grant of up to $1000 and an email with resources related to your needs

What will happen when this fund run out of money?

  • We Will Go Above and Beyond - We will share the needs of applicants with additional donors, advocates and other stakeholders who we think can take action to solve your needs. We won't share any of the youth's personal information. If there are resources that they can provide, we will circle right back to you.

How does this work? 

  • Eligibility: Current and former foster youth 14 through 29 who have spent at least one day in foster care after their 14th birthday are eligible to apply for up to $1,000 
  • Cash Use: This grant is super flexible. We believe that youth know best what they need.
  • Getting the Funds: The funds will be delivered via western union, venmo, cashapp, zelle or what what might work best for the youth.
  • Deadline and Award: November 18, 2020 is the deadline to apply. Cash Grant will be awarded by December 1st, 2020.

Apply Here

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


You Cannot get HIV Ladatt!

Starring Augie T and Kutmaster Spaz

Part 1 Part 2

`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.