Resource Families Support Services
Since 2006, it has truly been our honor to provide support services for Hawaii’s resource caregivers, along with our Hui Ho‘omalu partners, Partners in Development Foundation and Catholic Charities Hawaii, in collaboration with the Department of Human Services.
While this program is coming to a close with our agency, Family Programs Hawaii will continue to offer relevant support to children and families involved in the child welfare system through our other programs, including the Family Strengthening Center, Ho’omalu o Na Kamali’i, Project Visitation, Enhancements, Wendy’s Wonderful Kids, Backpack Buddies, and Care to Share. We will also continue to celebrate the holidays with Oahu’s resource caregivers through the Annual Holiday Party, so keep an eye out for your invitation in October!
Ria Rigoroso, MA
Mahalo to the RFSS Team for Supporting Families
Elizabeth Zabala, Administrative Assistant
It has been a pleasure serving you and your families. Although this transition may be difficult, I hope you will embrace the change and continue to provide the best care possible for the children. We will miss providing services for you all and wish you nothing, but the best!
Sarah Olson, Case Assistant
Mahalo to all of the resource caregivers who have provided a safe place for Keiki in care to live in Hawaii. I loved having the ability to make an impact for you & the Keiki in your home with the work we do. Thank you for everything you do, & we wish you luck in your future as a resource caregiver.
Kristen Benevides, Support Groups Coordinator
To all the caregivers we serviced, thank you so much for all you do and allowing us to be a part of the work you do for our keiki. I have loved getting to know you through support groups and hearing all of your stories about love, perseverance, family and resiliency. We at RFSS will truly miss you.
Noel Akbar, Case Assistant
I’d like to thank all the resource caregivers for their hard work & dedication to the keiki in Hawai’i. It has been such a pleasure to meet everyone during my 2 years with Family Programs Hawaii & I’ve enjoyed positive & enriching connections with you all. I hope our services have been beneficial to your journey & I hope to have our paths cross again soon. Mahalo Nui Loa!
Sam Gushiken, Training Coordinator
Sam Gushiken is dedicated to working with families in foster care.
Charla Weaver, Navigator Coordinator, Ka Pili 'Ohana
Aloha and Mahalo to our SUPER HEROES! I truly appreciate your heart and your commitment to serve our keiki. Words just don’t do it. Again, from the bottom of my heart….. Thank you!!
Karen Kaneshiro-Soon, Family Resource Specialist
Karen Kaneshiro-Soon is a social worker who ensured that callers to the warmline received the help they needed.
Luisa Edralin, Support Specialist
Aloha to all our Resource Caregivers who opened their homes & hearts to care for our most vulnerable children in foster care. It has been truly wonderful serving you. We truly appreciate what you do, & hope that you continue to utilize the available services that were meant for you. Take care & continue to provide the children safer homes; they all deserve it.
Ria Rigoroso, Program Manager
Aloha resource caregivers! It has been my honor and pleasure to meet and work with you all. Sharing in your experiences for the past two years has inspired and helped me grow not only as a member of RFSS, but as a person in life. I wish you and your families all the best, and from the bottom of our hearts, thank you for all that you do for Hawai’i’s keiki.
Voices from Our Families
– Resource Family (Foster Parent)