Hawai‘i will be celebrating its tenth National Reunification Month by honoring the Francisco-Kaleleiki ‘Ohana and the Lili‘uokalani Trust Ka Pili ‘Ohana program. The Lili‘uokalani Trust Ka Pili ‘Ohana program is “a culturally-grounded pilot program designed to explore new ways of supporting Hawaiian kamaliʻi (youth) and ʻohana (family) in the foster care system.”
As part of its celebration, Hawai‘i honors the families who successfully reunified, and recognizes the community partners who supported these reunifications by providing families with a comprehensive network of services. According to the proclamation issued by Governor Josh Green, “National Reunification Month highlights the state of Hawai‘i’s belief that a ‘team effort’ involving family members, child welfare service providers, Family Court, community providers, resource caregivers, the West O‘ahu Child Welfare Services, and the Department of Human Services is essential to successful reunification.”
For Hawai‘i, this month is also an opportunity to emphasize that reunification is the preferred outcome for children in the foster care system. The celebration will take place on June 30, 2023 at the Family Court of the First Circuit, Kapolei, O‘ahu.