Family Programs Hawaii

December 5, 2013 (November Winner)

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Awesome Foundation Oahu is thrilled to announce that Family Programs Hawaii’s Annual Holiday Party was our November winner.  This group also wins for persistence!  They reapplied and tweaked their proposal a number of times, until it won!

The funds will be used to support a program that receives no state funding. Project Visitation utilizes trained and committed community volunteers to facilitate visitation for foster siblings separated through foster care on Oahu. The program provides monthly visitation and quarterly special events for siblings groups in order maintain lifelong relationships with their brothers and sisters and build childhood memories. Sibling visitation is mandated by the state but there is no funding for it.

Family Programs Hawai‘i runs 13 programs that provide services to prevent children from entering foster care, support children and families already in foster, and assist youth in transitioning out of foster care. FPH (formerly Casey Family Programs) holds several state contracts and provides services to foster children that are currently not paid by the State; such as foster sibling visitation, youth transition services, and more. These services are funded by private donors and foundations.

The Annual Holiday Party for Foster Keiki is a way to recognize and support foster children and the families that care for them during the holidays. The holiday season can be a difficult time of the year for children in foster care who are not with their biological families as there are constant reminders of the family they have lost.   For siblings separated in foster care, this may be the only time they can celebrate with their siblings and take away great memories of a day of fun together, captured in a special photo taken with Santa.

Awesome Foundation Oahu could not have thought of a better grant than this one as we enter the holiday season.