Connecting Siblings Separated by Foster Care
Project Visitation was created by the State of Hawaii First Circuit Family Court and the Hawaii State Department of Human Services (DHS) to provide monthly visits and special events for siblings separated by the foster care system. Project Visitation seeks to minimize the trauma of family separation by preserving sibling relationships through visits. By bringing siblings together in a fun and safe environment, Project Visitation volunteers give children the opportunity to create family memories they otherwise would not have.
Project Visitation teaches kids the importance of maintaining healthy family relationships – a lesson that will carry on to affect their own children someday. For the majority of the families involved with PV, the children did not see each other outside of these visits.
Once a month, our volunteers drive to all ends of the island collecting siblings and hosting fun visits and bonding opportunities for them.
Average number of sibling visits per year
Referred families are offered sibling visits
Sponsored events per year including Camp Connections
• Working with the Hawaii State Department of Health Services to receive referrals of separated siblings in the Hawaii Foster Care System.
• Informational meetings with all resource parents prior to starting program
• Matching of volunteers with participating families
• Assistance with coordinating visits as needed
• Distribution of visitation reports to social worker and GAL after each visit
• Collaborating with community organizations to provide 5 annual events and activities for sibling groups to attend, which includes our annual 3-day Camp Connection
• Monthly visits
• Sibling photo album
• PM Realty
• The Locations Foundation
• Soroptimist International of Honolulu
• Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Associates
• Individual Sponsors
• Junior League
DAYNA SCHULTZ, PSYD
“Thank you for brining me and my brothers together. I don’t get to see them and I loved spending time with them.”
–17-year-old speaking about her three younger brothers