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We look back to the summer with many new resources and support for resource caregivers. FPH’s Resource Families Support Services (RFSS) Annual Conferences statewide was successful despite the many challenges from flooding on Kauai to lava on the Big Island of Hawaii. Resource caregivers, foster parents, learned many take home messages and were motivated by the power of being together.

The Ohana is Forever conference took place on July 20th, with youth from all across the state attending this youth-led conference on Oahu. Youth get to learn from each other about the many ways they can succeed and rise above their circumstances. Youth leaders who could not attend, sent in videos to share their story about their triumphs over major obstacles in their lives.

Support group services for resource caregivers are now being offered via teleconferencing four times a year with FPH’s RFSS program. Although support groups are offered in person monthly, we’ve added video conferencing as an option for the convenience of the resource caregivers.

*all events are free for participants and paid for with the support of private grants, government funding, and private donors.

**article reposted with permission from Family Programs Hawaii’s It Takes an Ohana website:  http://ittakesanohana.org/2018/08/summer-of-conferences-and-support/