Transitional Family Home (TFH) is a temporary, voluntary out-of-home placement program for children and youth with mental health and behavioral health challenges. The youth receives comprehensive support services to make positive changes in their lives and to be reunified with their parents.

Hawaii Behavioral Health embraces the philosophy of “E Hānai i Nā Keiki” (to lovingly nurture a child emotionally, intellectually, physically and spiritually). Hawaii has long practiced this method of raising children, which removed the stigma associated with the words “foster child.” A hānai child is any child who is intentionally and lovingly cared for and nurtured as their own by extended (calabash) family members.

Our therapeutic team, including trained and licensed foster parents, therapists and Family Support Specialists, works to provide children a stable environment, including individual and family therapy.

What we provide for our TFH Families

  • Opportunity to make a monthly stipend of up to $1,800
  • Enrichment allowance to help each child explore their interest
  • Bi-weekly group and individual consultation
  • Ongoing communication and support for smooth transition
  • Pre‑acceptance interview with youth being considered for your home
  • An assigned therapist and other clinical staff to assist with problem-solving for youth
  • Free 24 hours of pre‑service training specific to youth and families
  • Extensive training and 24/7 on‑call support from a team of professionals
  • Respite care

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What we provide for the Youth

  • an assigned therapist for weekly meetings as needed for stabilization
  • bi-weekly meetings to assess progress
  • staff sensibility and support of youth’s cultural, spiritual, and sexual orientation as well as youth’s educational requirements and desires
  • monthly activity allowance to encourage responsibility and budgeting, as well as pro-social activities outside the home
  • transition to adulthood program (TAP) for youths ages 15-21, to support with:
    • housing and living arrangements
    • vocational and educational goals
    • health and personal needs
    • family, community, & caring adult networks
    • employment / source of income
    • transportation
    • everyday living skills
Available on Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island
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Funding Source: Department of Health – Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division (CAMHD)