Foster care keiki sometimes need the crucial tools to navigate living independently.
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The fourth annual Kids Hurt Too event held sessions in Chinatown Saturday to help kids practice financial and social skills they will need after leaving care.
The training included budgeting for food, buying a car and finding housing.
“A lot of these young people, nobody taught them how to write a check. They don’t know about banking or about credit, so they are learning about that,” said Cynthia White of Kids Hurt Too Hawaii.
“I actually have two jobs and I’m still barely making it. It’s that hard and what you don’t realize is until you actually get out there and then ok – I have to do this and the real world hits you,” said TJ Perreira of Kids Hurt Too Hawaii.
There are about 1,600 keiki in foster care in Hawaii.