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Hawaii Foster and Adoption Guidelines
Thank you for considering providing a foster or adoptive home for a child in foster care. We are happy to assist you in your journey to become a foster or adoptive parent.
The role of foster families is to nurture the development of children by supporting birth family connections. This may include:
- Supporting reunification with birth parents
- Facilitating permanent placement with relatives
- Providing transportation for, and supervision of, visits with birth parents or relatives
The role of adoptive families includes supporting the overall health and well-being of children by collaborating with the team responsible for addressing children’s needs, including:
- Providing transportation to activities and appointments
- Being involved in education planning
- Supporting children’s connection to their ethnic, cultural, and religious heritage
- Katie Joosse (información en español)
Email (Correo Electrónico): firstname.lastname@example.org
Local Phone (Teléfono): 808-540-2552
Things You Should Know
- Foster and Adoption Licensing Requirements
- Costs to Foster and Adopt
- Agency Contact and Orientation Information
- Parent Support Group Contacts
- Foster Youth Support
- Information on Hawaii's Waiting Children
The minimum qualifications for foster and adoptive parents are:
- Have sufficient income to cover your financial needs
- Have the ability to provide a safe, loving, supportive environment for foster and adoptive children
- Pass required FBI background clearance, State criminal history clearance (for all states resided in for the past five years), and child abuse and neglect registry check
- Complete the preservice training and the homestudy process
- Have sufficient space in the home and meet all other licensing criteria, according to State law
Read the Hawaii Department of Human Services website for more information about becoming a foster or becoming an adoptive family in Hawaii.
Normally, fostering or adopting is almost free with one exception: If a family completes the general licensing requirements to be a Department of Human Services foster or adoptive family and does not provide foster care services and requests a release of the department's home study to a private agency, the department will require a payment of $1,000 prior to releasing the home study. The payment is to partially reimburse the department for the costs of the training, clearances and the home study assessment.
To become a General Licensed foster or adoptive family in the state of Hawaii
- Family Programs Hawaii
Local Phone: 808-540-2252
Address: 250 Vineyard Street, Honolulu, HI 96813
To provide foster care or an adoptive home for a specific child, contact the child’s social worker
The Hawaii Department of Human Services
See your local phone directory for the social worker’s unit’s phone number.
To adopt a child from the Department of Human Services, with support specific to faith-based values
- Hope I.N.C.
Address: 87-669 Manuaihue St., Ma`ili, HI 96792
- Family Programs Hawai`i
Toll-Free Phone: 866-545-0882
Statewide Phone: 808-545-1130
Address: 680 Ala Moana Blvd., Suite 200, Honolulu, HI 96813
Many children in foster care are part of a sibling group. All are from a diversity of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. There are 2,766 children in foster care in Hawaii; 878 of these children are waiting for adoptive families.