In Partnership with the Southern Weekend

Family Programs Hawaii helps local keiki find forever homes

Placing children into safe, loving, and permanent families

Sponsored by Kamaaina Kids

Family Programs Hawaii is a non-profit agency who believes that our children are our most valuable resources. The program’s goal is to help every child in Hawaii reach his or her potential. HI Now host Kanoe Gibson is with Program Coordinator Mindy Chung to learn more about the non-profit’s mission.

Family Programs Hawaii specializes in the complex areas of foster care, with its three main areas of service being: prevention, transition and support.

Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program is also affiliated with Family Programs Hawaii. The program was created by Dave Thomas, the founder of Wendy’s restaurants, to help find permanent homes for children in foster care. Thomas was a foster kid himself and wanted to send the message to our youth that their past does not have to dictate their future. The program’s sole mission is to find permanent, loving families for the children most at risk of aging out of foster care without being adopted.

“We believe that every child deserves a safe, loving, and permanent family, and that no child should linger in foster care or leave the system without a permanent family,” Chung says.

Every year, there are about 20,000 youth nationwide who age out of the system without a family. Finding a forever family for them means they do not have to do this journey alone, and that they can have someone who is excited to help them grow, celebrate their successes, and to help them learn from their failures.

“Simply…. just be there for every milestone as they grow into adulthood,” Chung explains. “We believe that every child deserves a safe home and a loving family, and that these children are our responsibility,” says Chung.

Family Programs Hawaii asks anyone willing and able to consider becoming a forever family. While everyone may not be able to do this, the program also offers opportunities for those interested to get involved as well.

Anyone interested in learning more, volunteering or becoming a forever family can visit familyprogramshawaii.org.

For more information: familyprogramshawaii.org