Resource Families Support Services
Statewide Hui Hoomalu Providing Services for Resource, Adoptive, and Guardianship Families in Hawaii
Resource Families Support Services (RFSS) provides support services to resource, adoptive, guardianship, and kinship families to connect them to needed resources and peer support, provide them opportunities to gain parenting knowledge and skills, and help them feel more confident and supported in their role as caregivers. Our Warm Line, ongoing trainings and support groups throughout the state, helps caregivers provide a higher quality of care and commitment to the children in their home.
Ria Rigoroso, MA
Events for families statewide each year
Families attend trainings presented by RFSS each year
Calls answered on the Warm Line each year
Supporting Families who Provide Care for Hawaii’s Children
Our Title Sponsers
Warmline for Families & Clients
This is an information warmline for resource caregivers, also known as foster parents, as well as those who have interest in fostering or adopting. Warm Line offers information, referrals, and non emergency telephone or email support. Feel free to contact us daily 8:30am – 10:00pm (including holidays), or leave a message after hours. If it is an emergency, please call 911.
Department of Human Services
Becoming a Resource Caregiver : H.A.N.A.I. Training
Caring for children who have experienced trauma is different. People who are interested in becoming Resource Caregivers or those who just want to learn more about foster care in Hawai‘i attend H.A.N.A.I. Training. H.A.N.A.I. stands for “Hawai‘i Assures Nurturing and Involvement.” Some of the topics covered in H.A.N.A.I. include:
- Understand the Department of Human Services
- The role of the Resource Family
- Child Abuse and Neglect
- Separation and Loss
The H.A.N.A.I. curriculum is comprised of a combination of in-person sessions with a Trainer and a Co-Trainer and independent viewing of DVD segments. Completion of both segments are a required part of the licensing process for all applicants. Preview training slides below.
Voices from Our Families
– Resource Family (Foster Parent)