Become a Foster Family

Have you ever wanted to help out those in need, but didn't know how to get started? Catholic Charities Hawai‘i has just an opportunity. We are looking for nurturing, dedicated families who are interested in making a difference in a child's life by becoming therapeutic foster parents.

You can help...
Foster families in the Nā ‘Ohana Pulāma program must have two foster parents. Though it is preferable that one of the parents does not work outside the home, this can be allowed if they have flexible schedules. Initial and on-going training is provided, as well as 24/7 consultant support.

About Nā ‘Ohana Pulāma

In 1986, Catholic Charities Hawai‘i continued its commitment to assisting others by starting up the Nā ‘Ohana Pulāma program (NOP), which focuses on improving the lives of children in need by means of foster care. NOP is funded by the Department of Health-Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division (DOH-CAMHD), and places youth from around the state in foster homes on O‘ahu and Hawai‘i island. NOP therapeutic foster homes provide the structured and nurturing family atmosphere that the foster youth need in order to excel in their home, school and community environments. Individual and family therapy, along with the Teaching-Family Model and Trauma-Informed Care, are utilized as well. The youth who enter the NOP program are usually pre-teens and teenagers, and come from a variety of backgrounds, though unfortunately, many have been traumatized in their past via abuse and neglect.