Enhancements

Funding to improve and enhance the lives of children in foster care or who have been abused or neglected. Funds limited to $500 per child per year.

Eligibility:

Geist Foundation

  • Under 18 or under 21 if still in high school
  • Resides in Hawai‘i, and
  • Is placed by a Hawai‘i state agency in a kinship, foster, respite, guardianship, permanent custody or adoptive family
  • Under 18 or under 21 if still in high school
  • Resides in Hawai‘i, and
  • Is placed by a Hawai‘i state agency in a kinship, foster, respite, guardianship, permanent custody or adoptive family

Hughes Trust

  • Under the age of 18
  • Has been abused, neglected or abandoned, or resides in a household where abuse has occurred
  • Is in financial need
  • Resides in Hawai‘i

Funds available for:

Geist Foundation

  • Extracurricular activities (e.g., graduation or prom attire, filed trips, athletic uniforms);
  • Hobbies, sports and cultural activities (e.g., hula lessons, soccer registration);
  • Facilitation of transition into adulthood (e.g., driver’s education, copy of birth certificate, etc.);
  • Intercession activities (e.g., summer camp);
  • Other quality of life enhancements (e.g., books, toys)

Hughes Trust

  • Extracurricular school expenses (e.g., filed trips, athletic uniforms);
  • Social activity expenses (e.g., prom and graduation attire));
  • After school activities, hobbies and sports (e.g., hula lessons, soccer registration);
  • Facilitation of transition into adulthood (e.g., driver’s education, copy of birth certificate, etc.);
  • Intersession activities (e.g., summer camp);
  • Other quality of life enhancements (e.g., birthday/Christmas gifts [$50 max], books and toys);
  • School related expenses (e.g., tuition, books, tutoring fees, pre-school);
  • Health related expenses (e.g., medical, dental, therapy, counseling);
  • Basic needs (e.g., clothing, baby furniture). Expenditures in this category require explanation.

Application process:

Geist Foundation

Social worker or other involved professional completes Request for Geist Enhancement Funds.

Submit form to:

FPH
250 Vineyard Street
Honolulu, HI 96813-2445
Fax (808) 533-1018

-or-

FPH Liaison
Foster Home Licensing Unit
420 Waiakamilo Road, Suite 300B
Honolulu, HI 96817-4941

Hughes Trust
Social worker or other involved professional completes Request for Teresa Hughes Enhancement Funds.

Submit form to:

FPH
250 Vineyard Street
Honolulu, HI 96813-2445
Fax (808) 533-1018

-or-

FPH Hilo Office
120 Pauahi Street, Suite 306
Hilo, HI 96720