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Ralph Lauren & Delivering Good donates over 400 boxes of clothing to support our keiki!

BIG NEWS & MAHALO NUI LOA!! Through a partnership with Delivering Good Charities and Ralph Lauren Clothing sent an incredibly generous donation to the Friends of Casa Hawaii to benefit keiki (children) in foster care. We received over 400 boxes of clothing to support every age from infants, toddlers, tweens, teens and young adults! We […]

NYT Awards CASA 2020 Holiday Impact Prize

The National CASA/GAL network has been selected as a recipient of New York Times columnist and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Nicholas Kristof’s “holiday gift guide.” In his column, Kristof makes recommendations to help raise the profiles of organizations that work on issues that change their communities. This year, through a relationship with Sharon Lawrence and California [...]

Shoes for Foster Kids – Famous Footwear

Famous Footwear HQ has been working on sorting & packing new shoes to ship to TTD partners across the country. These shoes are from their sample sale they host for their employees each year. CASA will be receiving an assortment of men’s, women’s and kid’s shoes in a variety of sizes & styles to help […]

Pono Process Training Follow Up

Thank you so much for participating in our Pono Process training! Click on the buttons below to access the pdf document resources! Many of these resources can be found on our website. Please visit for more information. If you have any questions about the Pono Process please feel free to contact me directly or [...]

Swearing in Ceremony

Congratulations to our newest cohort of 20 CASA advocates sworn in by Judge Uale.

Friends of CASA-Hawaii to Receive $4000 donation

Friends of CASA-Hawaii has been selected to receive a $4000 donation from the Ticket to Dream Foundation & Famous Footwear. Funding is being provided to your organization thanks to donations received in Famous Footwear stores. This donation can be used to purchase holiday gifts, winter clothing, and other holiday essentials. The success of this partnership […]

2020 Standards for Local CASA/GAL Programs Adopted

The National CASA/GAL Board of Trustees has adopted the 2020 Standards for Local CASA/GAL Programs as the standards that will direct local program governance, management, operations and practice. Thanks to all of you who gave your time and leadership to revise these standards. This work represents the culmination of several years involving numerous individuals across […]

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

When hearts and homes are filled with love, there is no room for violence. Take a stand against domestic violence… “Clothes Line Project 96792”

Aloha Chili Night

The CASA staff and volunteers delivered Zippy’s chili and ohana package dinners to the children and families assigned to the program on Friday, October 2, 2020. Through the Friends of CASA-Hawaii, we were able to share a little bit of Aloha to 85 homes, serving 469 individuals, including our emergency shelters at Ho’omalu and Hale […]

Violet & Vivian Fund

On behalf of the Violet and Vivian Fund, I’d like to invite you and your GALs and CASAs to apply for financial support to fund a specific expense for a youth or child in the child welfare system. Each application may request up to $3,000. The Violet & Vivian Fund (V&V Fund) provides assistance to […]

Kids Count

The latest statistics on kids, youth and families from Casey’s KIDS COUNT Data Center. In 2019, 12 million U.S. kids were living in poverty [Explore the new data]. The number and percentage of kids without health insurance jumped prior to coronavirus crisis [View latest stats]. Many women still receive little or no prenatal care before […]

Over 2 million Foster Youth Impacted Since 2006

Ticket to Dream Foundation Impact on Children in Foster Care Ticket to Dream has impacted over 2 million foster youth nationwide since 2006 thanks to your donations and support! And thanks to the participation of so many of you, Ticket to Dream’s Couch Classic raised $600,000 this month which will continue to improve the lives […]

CASA to Deliver Dinners to 205 Children and Families

As our families continue to work through the challenges of Covid-19, the CASA program would like to take this opportunity to express our aloha, gratitude, and community-ship to our foster children and the homes that support, care and nurture them. Thank you to our Friends of CASA-Hawaii and Zippys, the CASA staff and our CASA […]

Tuition Assistance for Families

H.E.L.P for Child Care Tuition Assistance Program Mahalo for your interest in the Hawaii Early Learning Partnership (HELP) for Child Care Tuition Assistance Program. This program is designed to help qualified parents with monthly financial aid for child care costs for keiki ages birth to age 12. Child care includes relative care in the child’s […]

Ticket to Dream & Famous Footwear

Going the Extra Step for Foster Kids Our friends at @TickettoDream have become the official charity partner of @FamousFootwear – which means shoes, backpacks, school supplies, & socks for foster youth across the country. As a partner in Ticket to Dream’s network of nonprofits, we are so excited about this partnership & what it can […]

Hoku Scholars $4000 Donation

Hoku Scholars donated $4,000 to support educational excellence in foster care. We are so appreciative!

Judge Murakami Retiring

Aloha to Judge Murakami, who will be retiring from the bench!! Judge Murakami is beloved by his staff and the CASA program for his integrity, compassion, and utmost care for the children, families, and parties who appeared before him.  Thank you for your commitment and dedication!!!

Trevor Noah & CASA on The Daily Show

Trevor Noah interviews CASA-NYC's executive director Kerry Moles and Brieanna Hayes, who spent her youth in foster care. They talk about their experiences working for and being served by the American foster care system.

CASA’s Aloha WE Care Packages

SUCCESSSSSSSS!!! In creating just a little more JOY to our families and children involved with the foster care system!! The CASA program, through the Friends of CASA-Hawaii and the many, many generous donations from the CASA volunteers, delivered CASA's Aloha WE Care packages to 89 families throughout Oahu. The packages including lots of snacks, nonperishable canned goods, [...]

CASA featured in World & News Report

US News and World Report picked up a Colorado CASA story on the AP wire this week... DENVER (AP) — The call usually comes around 7 each night, while Sarah Sparks is watching a movie with her two daughters on the couch. She keeps her phone close so she doesn’t miss it. On the other [...]

Clothing & Gift Cards from Ticket to Dream

We are excited to let you know that Ticket to Dream will be sending Friends of CASA Hawaii a shipment of Title Nine women’s clothing & bathing suits! In partnership with Title Nine, we are sending an assortment of shorts, pants, dresses, tanks, shirts, and bathing suits to our partners throughout the country as the [...]

Shop & Raise Money – Restoration Threads & Ticket to Dream

Restoration Threads' mission is the raise awareness and provide support for various foster care organizations. Every month, they choose a different foster care organization to financially support through their merchandise sales. 100% of profits in May will benefit Ticket to Dream Foundation.   SHOP NOW AND RAISE MONEY FOR FOSTER CARE

CASA Aloha Care Package Project

During this difficult time CASA Staff have come together to do a "Aloha Care Package" project for our CASA families.  It will be an assortment of non-perishable goods and necessities our families would appreciate.  If you would like to participate by donating please email Mazelle.  NO used items please, donation must be brand new.  This is [...]

Foster Care Awareness Month – Ticket to Dream

We are so excited to kick-off Foster Care Awareness Month with a fun promo for you all. On May 1st & 2nd Ticket to Dream is partnering with Kendra Scott to raise awareness and funds for our partners. Kendra Scott is a jewelry company that also specializes in gifts & décor. They are also an […]

Essential Support Childcare & Scholarship Program

We are extremely grateful to both Hawaii Community Foundation and the Samuel N. and Mary Castle Foundation for their generous financial support. This now allows us to provide tuition support and scholarship programs to families deemed essential workers for the entire month of April for Oahu, Maui, Hilo and Kona. Effective March 26, 2020 In […]

April- Child Abuse Prevention Month

Join us in supporting children who have experienced abuse or neglect.  In 2018, there were 687,000 children in foster care due to abuse or neglect.  For children to thrive despite abuse or neglect, resilience is key. The most common factor in developing resilience is having a stable relationship with a supportive adult.

CASA Visitation in Light of COVID-19

CASA Program’s COVID-19 Update and CASA/GAL Visitation Policy until Further Notice The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak evolved in the past few months and now has taken a dramatic trajectory in the last few weeks. Our primary concern is always for the well-being of the children, families, volunteers and staff who are associated with the CASA […]

Joyce Family Giving Foundation Donation

Thank you to the Joyce Family Giving Foundation for their generous donation that supports 100s of children in foster care with celebrating important lifetime events and creating happy memories as they journey through the foster care system. The Donation supports projects that encourage children to strive for their hopes and dreams while building their well-being […]

$1200 Ticket to Dream Foundation Donation

We are excited to announce that Friends of CASA Hawaii has been selected to receive a $1200 donation from the Ticket to Dream Foundation. The funds were raised by our generous donors and corporate partners to support Ticket to Dream’s GoPlay! Program. The funding received will be used to help foster youth participate in extracurricular […]

Toys for Tots Donates 2,275 Toys

Toys for Tots donates 2,275 toys to the Friends of CASA Hawaii (FOCH), a 501c3 nonprofit whose primary mission is to support the CASA Program in the recruitment, training, and supervision of community volunteers. FOCH also provides resources that enhances the CASA’s opportunities to promote normalcy and well-being for children in foster care. "Because of [...]

Swearing in New CASAs

We are pleased to welcome our new CASA advocates who were sworn in on October of 2019. We are grateful for their service and dedication to Hawaii's youth.

Hoku Relay Beneficiary – Volunteer!

Aloha all! Hope your New Year is off to a great start! I’m excited to share with you… FOCH was selected to be a beneficiary of the upcoming HOKU RELAY (134-mile race around Oahu) that raises funds for local nonprofits that support children in our community. This 24-hour Relay race is scheduled for Sat/Sun, Feb. [...]

SUMMER FUN REGISTRATION OPENS THIS SATURDAY (ONLINE) AT 9:00a.m. (Districts 1 & 2). Please refer to the Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation post (below) for details. They recommend creating an account online (before registration opens) and inputting your keiki info using Google Chrome web browser. Districts 3 & 4 registration opens on May 15 at 9:00 a.m. Summer Fun is free and open to keiki ages six to 13 years old. Go play!!🙂Summer Fun is returning to your City parks this year, with the popular and engaging program being offered to O‘ahu families for free once again! “The need for good quality childcare is greater now more than ever,” said Mayor Rick Blangiardi. “Though Summer Fun is free to parents we will be offering even more activities this year, with each park being given funds for extra activities that would normally be paid through additional fees. On top of that, this program provides a little boost to the job market with the seasonal employment opportunities available to workers interested in being part of this energetic program.” The 2021 Summer Fun Program will be offered on weekdays, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. from Monday, June 7 through Tuesday, July 27, 2021 (not including the King Kamehameha Holiday on June 11 or the observed Independence Day Holiday on July 5). “Along with keeping this amazing program free to island families, similar health protocols and CDC guidelines from last year will be followed throughout the program. Safety is our top priority,” said Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) Director Laura H. Thielen. “With the ratio of about one worker to 20 keiki, and keeping those groups in non-mingling pods, we are looking to accommodate about 6,000 kids this year. We cannot wait to see our Summer Fun keiki enjoying our parks!”Registration will once again be held online using our Parks and Recreation Online System (PROS) which can be accessed by visiting this website If parents have not already done so, we highly recommend creating an account for this system, and inputting their keiki’s information using the Google Chrome web browser, before registration opens. An online tutorial is available to assist the public with creating their account and profile. Below are those online registration dates and procedures which are determined by geographic park district. All dates and times are Hawai‘i Standard Time:District 1 (Hawaiʻi Kai to McCully) ph. (808) 768-8944 and District 2 (Makiki to ʻAiea) ph. (808) 768-9292• Online Registration opens Saturday, May 8 at 9 a.m.District 3 (Pearlridge to Waiʻanae to Wahiawā) ph. (808) 768-6889 and District 4 (Waialua to Waimānalo) ph. (808) 768-8980• Online Registration opens Saturday, May 15 at 9 a.m. For those who do not have computer or internet access, accommodations are available to facilitate their registration into the program. Please call the appropriate district office for those accommodations. A list of the 62 program sites, and their contact phone numbers, is included at the bottom of this announcement for your convenience. Children must be six years old before Aug. 1, 2021 and not older than 13 years old by July 27, 2021 to take part in the program. Summer Fun will still utilize Junior Leaders, who must be 13 years old before Aug. 1, 2021 and not older than 17 years old by July 27, 2021 to qualify.Summer Plus, activities before and/or after the regular program times, will be offered at many of the sites but will require a separate fee. Separate seasonal classes and activities, commonly referred to as enrichment classes, will not be offered by DPR this summer.Want to work for Summer Fun? We are currently accepting applications for those interested in the seasonal jobs available to be a part of this program. DPR is looking for staff who can creatively motivate and develop a successful summer experience for the young people under your care. Summer Fun needs people who have enthusiasm; ability to plan, organize, and conduct activities; patience; a genuine liking for children; and a desire to help in their growth and development. For more information on this employment opportunity visit: Current First Aid certificate is required by the first day of employment and must be valid throughout the period of employment. DPR is privileged to participate in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) in conjunction with Summer Fun. The 2021 SFSP is sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture, and will provide lunch and a snack to Summer Fun participants 18 years and younger. Those participating sites will be listed on DPR’s website: There will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service, as they will be served regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, sex, or disability. #summerfun #summer #fun #keiki #honoluluparks #oahu #children #keikifun #hawaii #kids #kidsfun #children ... See MoreSee Less
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The Hawaii Children's Justice Act (CJA) Task Force 2021 has graciously shared their Virtual Training Series that begins this Friday, May 7, 2021. Trainings on various child welfare topics will be offered on Fridays through June 22. Refer to flyer for Week One presentations by Sasha Joseph Neulinger (Importance of Children's Justice [Advocacy] Center Multi-Disciplinary Teams) and Dr. Suzanne Starling (Medical Examinations in Sexual Abuse Cases). Next week's presentations are also included with this post.Please use the link below to register. You will then receive a confirmation email with the link to the training. ... See MoreSee Less
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