Resources for Children & Families in Foster Care

In order to support resource families providing foster care and adoptive, guardianship, kinship, and respite families, we have the following resources available. 

Resource Manuals

These helpful lists of agencies and programs will help you navigate your resources. You may download the manuals in entirety or search by category for a quick glance. 

Department of Human Services: Resource Family Basics

A summary of important information for DHS Resource Families 


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
  • Attachment
  • Separation and Loss
  • Discipline

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:

Prudent Parent Training:

More Resources for Resource Caregivers

These are additional resources from DHS and various agencies that are helpful in navigating the child welfare system.