Sarah, a fourteen year-old female, entered Hale Kipa’s Independent Living Program (ILP) with limited early independent living skills. Though she was doing well in her special education classes, she lacked many basic social and personal hygiene skills.
Working with her foster parents, Hale Kipa’s case manager helped Sarah learn new skills, overcoming memory problems that may have stemmed from a head injury she had suffered at a young age. Sarah began ILP group sessions and began to look forward to all the activities. She demonstrated her commitment by cleaning up after group sessions and getting along with her peers.
Within the year, Sarah had improved dramatically. Even so, her foster parents worried about what would happen to her once she reached eighteen years of age. With no biological family in Hawaii, how would she survive independently without the assistance of a companion? The Ramirez family, who loved Sarah and had already accepted her as their daughter, decided to legally adopt her. For Sarah, it was a dream come true.
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