Resource Families Support Services

Statewide Hui Hoomalu Providing Services for Resource, Adoptive, and Guardianship Families in Hawaii

Resource Families Support Services (RFSS) provides support services to resource, adoptive, guardianship, and kinship families to connect them to needed resources and peer support, provide them opportunities to gain parenting knowledge and skills, and help them feel more confident and supported in their role as caregivers. Our Warm Line, ongoing trainings and support groups throughout the state, helps caregivers provide a higher quality of care and commitment to the children in their home.

Events for families statewide each year
Families attend trainings presented by RFSS each year
Calls answered on the Warm Line each year


All families who provide care for children from the Hawaii State Department of Human Services Child Welfare System. This includes foster, guardianship, adoptive, permanent custodial, respite and kinship families.


Hawaii, Statewide


Warm Line offers information, referrals, and non emergency telephone or email support
• 808 545-1130 (Oahu); 1-866-545-0882 (Toll free on Neighbor Islands)
• Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
• Statewide Resource Manuals list helpful agencies and programs
• Care to Share project connects resource families with needed items that are donated by the community

Monthly Support Groups provide networking and sharing of information and resources.
• Current groups include Central Oahu, Wai‘anae (Oahu), Windward (Oahu), Hilo (Island of Hawai‘i), Kona (Island of Hawai‘i), Lihue (Kauai), and Wailuku (Maui)
• Child care and food are provided

Ongoing Training made available by a network of community agencies and resources
• Quarterly Trainings are offered on Oahu, Island of Hawai‘i, Maui, and
• Annual Conference for Resource Families is held throughout the state
• Alternative training options are available, such as DVD lending library and access to online training


Hawaii State Department of Human Services

Chiyomi Chow

"I’m glad… We’re not all alone."

– Resource Family
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