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Hawaii Children's Trust Fund

 

The Hawaii Children’s Trust Fund (HCTF) was established in 1993 by state legislation, Chapter 350B of the Hawai‘i Revised Statutes (HRS). This legislation created a public-private partnership between the Department of Health (DOH) and the Hawaii Community Foundation and structured the partnership to involve three advisory groups (a statewide Coalition, an Advisory Committee, and an Advisory Board).  The mission of HCTF is to ensure that Hawaii’s children develop into healthy, productive, and caring individuals by promoting the advancement of community family strengthening programs in order to prevent child abuse and neglect.  As the lead private partner for HCTF, the Hawaii Community Foundation holds and is responsible for the endowed fund that provides a permanent source of support for the grantmaking activities and other expenditures that support HCTF’s mission.  More information about the HCTF partnership can found here.

In 2013, HCTF celebrated its 20th anniversary.  In its first 20 years, HCTF invested approximately $8.1 million in child abuse and neglect prevention programs, as well as public awareness efforts in Hawaii.  In early 2017, in response to a need for predictable and stable funding sources, HCTF committed to three-years of investment in qualified projects, services, and activities that address areas of priority identified by the HCTF advisory groups and stakeholders.  Below are the grantees that received three-year HCTF awards:

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ACTION CENTER
Pulama I Ka Ohana (PIKO) Plus

Domestic Violence Action Center (DVAC) proposes to enhance its existing Pulama I Ka Ohana (PIKO) program by focusing on young survivors of domestic violence who have become young parents with young children. The project, PIKO Plus, focuses on strengthening bonds between young survivors and their own children to prevent a cycle of child abuse. GEOGRAPHIC AREA: Oahu, specifically Kaimuki and Kaneohe (East Oahu).

FAMILY HUI HAWAII
Hui Parenting Support Groups

Family Hui Hawaii (FHH) proposes to provide family strengthening through peer-led and mentor-led parenting support groups. Families will participate in 12 weeks of discussions led by member of the support group, developing a system of support. The program will also include Play Days and Workshops to further develop protective factors and social connections. GEOGRAPHIC AREA: Oahu, possibly extending to Maui.

FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES OF WEST HAWAII
First Connections: Linking Young Families to Support through Innovative Use of Technology

Family Support Services of West Hawaii (FSS) proposes its First Connections program, a two-way text messaging intervention tool, combined with face-to-face support of young parents. Support from peers and practitioners will be provided through home visiting, parenting/play groups, and one-to-one services. GEOGRAPHIC AREA: Hawaii Island, South Kona and Ka’u.

INSTITUTE FOR NATIVE PACIFIC EDUCATION AND CULTURE
INPEACE Parents as Teachers (PAT) Program

INPEACE proposes to offer its PAT program, which provides for parent training and social connections through home visiting, incorporating cultural aspects. The program will be targeted toward young parents recruited through middle and high schools or referred by the Dept. of Education, and INPEACE’s early childhood referral program. GEOGRAPHIC AREA: Oahu, Waianae Coast and Kapolei.

KAPIOLANI HEALTH FOUNDATION
The Period of PURPLE Crying program at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children

Kapiolani Health Foundation (KHF) proposes to extend its current Period of PURPLE Crying Program (POPC) to its Kauai affiliate, Wilcox Medical Center, focusing primarily on Shaken Baby Syndrome. POPC will provide child development education and appropriate parenting responses to new young mothers receiving care through KHF, as well as mothers identified as high risk because of substance abuse. GEOGRAPHIC AREA: Oahu, Kauai

MALAMA NA MAKUA A KEIKI
Malama Mother-Child Program

Malama Na Makua A Keiki (Malama) proposes to provide its Mother-Child Program (MCP) to young women in its residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment program. The program offers case management, parenting classes, developmental screening of the young children, and substance abuse/addiction treatment. GEOGRAPHIC AREA: Maui

MAUI FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES, INC.
Hui ‘Ohana Project

Maui Family Support Services (MFSS) proposes its Hui Ohana Project, providing mentoring, parenting skill development, and home-visiting services. MFSS will recruit its young parents, particularly fathers, from its existing programs at the Maui Memorial Medical Center and high schools, and its Early Head Start programs. GEOGRAPHIC FOCUS: Maui

NEIGHBORHOOD PLACE OF PUNA
Family Strengthening through Home Visiting

Neighborhood Place of Puna (NPP) proposes to provide intensive, on-going, home-visiting services, which will include developing appropriate parenting skills through modeling, role playing, and parenting curriculum. GEOGRAPHIC AREA: Hawaii Island, specifically South Hilo/Puna.

THE SALVATION ARMY- HAWAIIAN & PACIFIC ISLANDS DIVISIONS
Parent/Child Services Coach

The Salvation Army (SA) proposes to provide services to pregnant and parenting women who have been diagnosed with substance use disorders though a Parent-Child Services (PCS) coach. The coach will work with the Therapeutic Nursery to help establish healthy bonds between mothers and their children, as well as their extended family, through parenting activities and modeling.