Welcome to our virtual home. We are Kids Hurt Too Hawaii, founded in 2001. We have four programs that include:
1) peer support and mentoring programs for orphans, foster children, and children separated from one or both parents due to divorce, incarceration, domestic violence, or other causes;
2) Hawaii Foster Youth Coalition (HFYC), a youth leadership group of current and former foster youths, ages 14-24, who provide education, advocacy, and support to help improve the foster care system so transitioning age youths have hope and can reach their goals;
3) Educational services that include training volunteers in facilitating children’s grief and mentoring, presentations on children’s grief and trauma, training in group work with children, a Japanese study tour, and more;
4) Crisis interventions for families with children after suicide, homicide, violent deaths.
Parent loss devastates children and families. It may lead to child abuse or neglect as families struggle with adjusting to unwanted changes. The death of or separation from one or both parents may result in health, mental health, and behavior problems as children’s coping mechanisms are overwhelmed by the stress of a major life change. When a parent is missing, it tends to create a social stigma that blocks families from receiving the community support they need in a time of crisis. Our programs strengthen families, bringing them closer in a time of tragic loss and engaging them in needed community resources. We improve children’s health and behavior by easing the suffering and pain that accompanies parent loss.