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.
- 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
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.
August 31 – October 7
January 11 – February 17
*Flexible training schedule options also available