Mental Health and Foster Care

May 5, 2023

The Correlation Between National Foster Care Month and Mental Health Awareness Month

From Aysha Schomburg, Associate Commissioner of the Children’s Bureau:

“Recent research confirms the importance of mental health and wellness supports. Data shows increases in mental health challenges for older youth, including depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation. Young children can also face mental health challenges, which, if left untreated, can prevent a child from reaching their full potential. We cannot wait for mental health struggles to manifest before acting. The journey of exploring the mental health needs of children and families must begin early so that we may engage appropriate interventions sooner.”

Family Programs Hawaii’s mission is to strengthen youth and families in care through our services, and resources we make available to the keiki and youth in Hawaii’s foster care system. The high level of care we provide to those in foster care also extends to the individuals who deal with mental health.

Let us show you what we’re about.