Project Visitation

Project Visitation was created by the State of Hawai‘i First Circuit Family Court and the 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 brothers and sisters together in a fun and safe environment, Project Visitation volunteers give these children the opportunity to create family memories they otherwise would not have.

Location: O‘ahu and East Hawai‘i with the long-term goal to expand Statewide.

Eligibility: A family history of foster care involvement for at least one sibling, regardless of present legal status (kinship, foster care, guardianship, or adoption) and current separation of siblings.  Services are provided for all age groups – infants through young adults.  Though the majority of referrals come from social workers, anyone in the community can make a referral to Project Visitation.

Services:

  • Recruiting, training and supporting community volunteers as visit facilitators
  • Working with DHS, guardians ad litem and resource care giver to initiate visits for separated sibling groups in the Hawai’i foster care system.
  • Collaborating with community organizations to provide events and activities for sibling groups to attend
  • Project Visitation sibling groups are offered monthly visits, special events, a 3 day/2 night summer camp, and family photos to remember shared experiences.
  • Monthly visit reports completed by volunteers after each visit are provided to the assigned social worker for tracking the progress of visits.

Download the Sibling Referral Form here.

Funding:

HI H.O.P.E.S.
Hawai‘i Hotel Industry Foundation
Na Lei Aloha Foundation
Nadao & Mieko Yoshinaga Foundation

With nearly 213 visits per year, 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.

— Over 130 volunteers each year give up weekend days to drive to all ends of the island collecting siblings and hosting fun visits for them.

The number one reason is that I love children and these children in particular are such survivors and can teach us all a great lesson in resilience.  I get to spend time with the kids and bring them together for visits, which brings me such joy.  These children are so receptive to any act of kindness, be it large or small.  Sue Hams – PV Volunteer.


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