Program Information


IMUA KĀKOU, which means “moving forward together” in Hawaiian, is the name chosen for the voluntary care to 21 program in Hawai‘i.


Participants are eligible to participate in the IMUA KĀKOU program if they are between the ages of 18 and their 21st birthday and meet one of the following criteria:

1)  Participant turned 18 or older while in foster care (Child Welfare Services) in Hawai‘i and emancipated or “aged out” of the system.

2)  Participant was placed in legal guardianship or adopted at age 16 or older from foster care (Child Welfare Services) in Hawai‘i. (benefits may be limited to financial support only)

What are the BENEFITS of IMUA KĀKOU?

Participants of the IMUA KĀKOU program are eligible to receive the following benefits*:

1)   Medical and dental coverage

2)   Monthly living assistance payments

3)   Resource assistance and support from a case manager


*Young adults who were placed in legal guardianship or adopted at the age of 16 or older in Hawai‘i may only be eligible to receive monthly living assistance payments.

What are the RESPONSIBILITIES of IMUA KĀKOU participants?

To remain in the IMUA KĀKOU program and receive the benefits, participants must meet the following requirements:

1)   Sign a Voluntary Agreement with the Department of Human Services and Family Court to enter into the program,

2)   Meet monthly with an assigned Case Manager,

3)   Meet at least ONE of the following criteria:

  • Be working on completing a high school diploma, GED or equivalent, or

  • Enrolled part or full-time in post-secondary education (college) or vocational school, or

  • Participating in an employment program, or 

  • Working at least part-time, 80 hours a month, or 

  • Be identified as medically disabled.

Where do participants LIVE?

Young adults who participate in IMUA KĀKOU are responsible for their own housing. They are not required to live in a foster or group home setting. Case managers may be able to assist participants in connecting with housing resources in the community.

What if a participant wants to exit the IMUA KĀKOU program?

Participants who decide that IMUA KĀKOU is not right for them or who are exited from the program because they are not meeting their program responsibilities have the option of re-entering the program when they are ready and able to participate fully.