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

Summer 2022
June 6-July14, 2022
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

Email us at

Or contact us by filling out the foster care inquiry and our team will get back to you shortly.

Foster Care Inquiry

Foster Care Inquiry

On which island are you interested in fostering a child? *
Have you participated in a Catholic Charities Hawaiʻi Foster Parent Training Session? *

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