Faufata Family shares love and guidance with youth in foster care

It has been nearly 20 years since Blossom Faufata and her husband became licensed therapeutic foster parents for Catholic Charities Hawai‘i. Providing a home for a child in need was natural in many ways for the Faufatas, who were already committed to improving their community, raising their children with high moral standards and living the ideals of their Christian faith. …

Government Agency Referrals programs

Sarmiento Family has “a lot of love to give” to infants and toddlers with unique physical and emotional needs

For nearly 10 years, Sonya Sarmiento and her husband Michael have been foster parents through Catholic Charities Hawai‘i’s Hale Mālama program, which provides professional foster homes for infants and toddlers with unique physical and emotional needs. Many of these children have complex medical problems due to prematurity, birth defects, non-accidental injuries, genetic disorders, or even abuse and/or neglect. For the …

Mary Jane Home unplanned pregnancy program

Expectant mother immigrates to Hawai‘i for better opportunities

An immigrant from the Philippines, Renee moved to Hawai‘i after leaving an abusive relationship. She was on a path to a new start with a new fiancé and a baby on the way. Unfortunately, complex circumstances led to the incarceration of her fiancé. Suddenly, Renee found herself alone and uncertain of her future. She reached out to our Mary Jane …

Supportive Services for Veteran Families Success Story: Carl and Priscilla

Starting Over and Reunited As A Family

Carl and Priscilla had been together as a couple for 30 years. Life was good, they had a home together and both were employed. Priscilla’s daughter, Caroline, and grandson, Schuyler, lived with them and they were a comfortable family unit. That all came to a screeching halt four years ago when they were both laid off from their jobs due …

Schroder Family: Therapeutic Foster Family success story

Nā ‘Ohana Pūlama – The Schroder Family

“Being a foster parent makes my heart sing,” shares Natalia Schroder. “I feel that it is my calling in life.” Natalia and her family are a Catholic Charities Hawai‘i Therapeutic Foster Family in the Nā ‘Ohana Pūlama Program. She and her husband have been foster parents for about a year and half. With three children of their own, the Schroders …