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This is Hawaii’s state network community to connect and help youth who are or were in Hawaii's foster care system.

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Helping our youth make the transition from foster care to independent living.

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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:

For More Information:

*** Letter of Intent for Higher Ed Break Activity

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

Mar 18, 2022  

Fall 2022 ETV 

May 1, 2022 -  ShakaTown open to receive ETV Applications 

August 20, 2022 - Last day to file a completed application,["completed" means application information and ALL the required documents]. 

September 29, 2022 – 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 26
  • Meets one of these legal statuses
    • Aged/Transitioned out of DHS Foster Care at 18 or older
    • Adopted at age 16 or older
    • Legal guardianship to a relative 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
Sep 16, 2021  


Jun 09, 2014  

Watch this video on DHS' new program called Imua Kakou. Log into ShakaTown to Apply Now.


imua kakou video


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

For more Information

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.