Foster family with CCH caseworker

Become a Therapeutic Foster Family

All children benefit when given a chance to thrive. We at Catholic Charities Hawai’i, Nā ‘Ohana Pulāma program are committed to nurturing a child’s resilience in therapeutic foster homes. If you have space in your heart and ‘ohana for an additional child, we have the training and support to assist in enhancing a child’s life.

The Nā ‘Ohana Pulāma (NOP) program provides therapeutic foster care for emotionally and behaviorally challenged youth in nurturing family homes. Funded by the Department of Health-Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division, NOP places youth from around the state in homes on O‘ahu and Hawai‘i Island and uses the trauma-informed Teaching-Family Model. Youth range in ages from 3 to 17; however, the majority are usually pre-teens and teenagers. Many youth we serve have experienced abuse and neglect and need safe, structured, and loving homes to support their growth.

What we offer:

  • tax free stipend
  • 24/7 program support
  • respite (time off)
  • mileage reimbursement
  • therapy for youth
  • initial and ongoing training
  • ʻohana gatherings and recognition
  • resources and support networks

Join us!

Training is one part of the licensing requirements to become a therapeutic foster parent. Interested applicants may choose one of the following training series currently being offered.

Training Opportunities

Spring 2022
February, date TBA
30 hours total

*Flexible training schedule options also available

Contact us to learn more about how you can change a child’s life.


(808) 527-4941

Hawai‘i Island

(808) 961-7016

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