Nearly two dozen Hale Kipa clients, alumni and staff participated in the 11th-annual Ohana is Forever conference on July 21, 2017. The conference provides tools to help youth and young adults affected by foster care to create happy, healthy, and meaningful lives, as well as guide and support the adults who care about Hawaii’s youth, according to organizer It Takes An Ohana (ITAO).
This year’s theme, Hiki No, was picked by former foster youth and means “can do.” The free event is held at the Ko‘olau Ballrooms & Conference Center in Kaneohe, and includes participation from current and former foster youth on Oahu, Maui, Hawaii Island and Kauai. Hale Kipa case managers assisted youth by transporting them to the event and providing support, as well as hosting an informational booth that provided resources related to Hale Kipa’s Imua Kākou program and other services to assist youth in or transitioning out of foster care.
The event is attended by multiple Hawaii service organizations. Most of the talks, activities and workshops were created and delivered by foster youth alumni. This included sessions on mindfulness, advocacy and leadership, among other topics.
Since 1971, ITAO has made a difference in the lives of thousands of children in Hawaii by offering resources and information to those in the community concerned with protecting the interests of children and youth in out-of-home care, while providing responsible advocacy.
To view photos of the event, visit the ITAO Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/pg/It-Takes-An-Ohana-47495089958/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10150924693344959
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