Project Visitation

Connecting Siblings Separated by Foster Care

 

Project Visitation was created by the State of Hawaii First Circuit Family Court and the Hawaii State 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.

 

 

Dayna Schultz, PsyD

PROGRAM MANAGER

 

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Average number of sibling visits per year

Referred families are offered sibling visits

Sponsored events per year including Camp Connections

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. 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. Once a month, our volunteers drive to all ends of the island collecting siblings and hosting fun visits and bonding opportunities for them.

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

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.

Location

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

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

Dayna Schultz, PsyD

PROGRAM MANAGER

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