Project Visitation

Connecting Siblings Separated by Foster Care

 

Although the State tries to place siblings together in foster care, many end up separated in different homes with different Resource Caregivers and their families. Losing contact with one another can place a strain on a very crucial time in their lives. Thus, the State of Hawaii First Circuit Family Court and the Hawaii State Department of Human Services (DHS) created Project Visitation.

 

 

Stephanie Rakoczy

PROGRAM COORDINATOR

 

Sibling Referral Form

Project Visitation

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 in their lives. Project Visitation teaches kids the importance of maintaining healthy sibling relationships and seeks to minimize the trauma of family separation through visitations.

Services

• Recruiting and training community volunteers as event or monthly sibling visitation facilitators
• 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

Location

Oahu, with a long-term goal to expand Statewide.

Eligibility

Foster care involvement for at least one sibling, regardless of other siblings’ 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.  Majority of referrals come from social workers, however, anyone in the community can make a referral to Project Visitation.

Volunteer Resources

Project Visitation Volunteers are vital to providing visitation for our youth in foster care. Current volunteers may use the resources below. To volunteer for this program, please fill out a volunteer inquiry form.

Children’s Voices

It was really difficult because we were split up for so long. If we had had a family or place to take all of us in and keep us together, it would have been way better.”

-child formerly in foster care, Hoomalu O Na Kamalii

Stephanie Rakoczy

PROGRAM COORDINATOR

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