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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 2014, 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:

CHILD & FAMILY SERVICE
Protective Factors Framework - Train the Trainer

Child & Family Service will identify, recruit, and instruct a cohort of over 20 child abuse and neglect prevention providers throughout the state and enable them to train others in the Protective Factors Framework. The program will train at least 200 individuals over a three-year period. Child & Family Service has been strengthening families and fostering the healthy development of children for the past 115 years.

FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES OF WEST HAWAII
Newborn Enhanced Support Team (NEST) promotes breastfeeding and attachment among West Hawaii families

Family Support Services of West Hawaii will be expanding their program of working with families of newborns and expectant parents, including pregnant and/or parenting teens, to promote bonding and attachment. The organization will serve approximately 1,500 families, including more than 200 teen parents and more than 40 parents with disabilities, over a three-year period. Family Support Services of West Hawaii has over 34 years of experience in child abuse and neglect prevention, and has become a leader in breastfeeding promotion over the past 6 years.

INSTITUTE FOR NATIVE PACIFIC EDUCATION AND CULTURE
Hoala-Parents As Teachers Homevisiting

The Institute for Native Pacific Education and Culture’s program will expand their use of the Parents as Teachers™ (PAT) model in offering homevisiting services to teenage parents, foster youth, children with disabilities, parents with disabilities, and families affected by incarceration in the Nanakuli-Waianae area of the island of Oahu and on the island of Molokai. The program will serve approximately 90 families over a three-year period. The Institute for Native Pacific Education and Culture has been a PAT affiliate since 2009, and has provided early childhood education services for the past 16 years.

MAUI ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY, INC.
Ohana Strengthening Program

Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. will provide an Ohana Strengthening program that provides parent education classes for incarcerated women at the Maui Community Correctional Center, including women transitioning out of incarceration, who have children age birth to 5 years. The organization will serve approximately 100 women over a three-year period.

MAUI FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES, INC.
Parenting Groups for Parents, Resource Caregivers and Dads

Maui Family Support Services, Inc. will utilize the Nurturing Parenting Program and the 24/7 Dad™ program in offering child abuse and neglect prevention services to foster youth and parents with disabilities. The organization will serve approximately 319 individuals on the islands of Maui and Lanai over a three-year period. Maui Family Support Services, Inc. has over 33 years of experience in child abuse and neglect prevention.

MAUI FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES, INC.
Hooikaika Partnership Coalition

The Hooikaika Partnership Coalition will offer training to educate elected officials on Protective Factors in addition to holding a Protective Factors conference on Maui for up to 50 coalition members each year. The coalition’s activities will increase the knowledge of Protective Factors for coalition members and build the coalition’s capacity by expanding its membership to participants from Molokai and Lanai. The Hooikaika Partnership Coalition is an existing child abuse and neglect prevention coalition that has been in existence for the last 5 years.

NEIGHBORHOOD PLACE OF KONA
West Hawaii CAN Prevention Coalition

The West Hawaii CAN Prevention Coalition will build on the existing Hui Laulima network. This new child abuse and neglect prevention coalition will provide Protective Factors training opportunities for coalition members and will develop a child abuse and neglect prevention resource guide for the community of West Hawaii.

NEIGHBORHOOD PLACE OF PUNA
Family Strengthening through Home Visiting for Pregnant and/or Parenting teens

Neighborhood Place of Puna will work with pregnant and/or parenting teens to provide direct, in-home family strengthening services. The organization will serve approximately 75 pregnant and/or parenting teens living in the Puna and Hilo districts of Hawaii island over a three-year period. The services will focus on the protective factors of nurturing and attachment, knowledge of parenting and child development, and social connections.  Neighborhood Place of Puna has been serving East Hawaii families for over 10 years.

PARENTS AND CHILDREN TOGETHER
Kamalama & 24/7 Dad™ - A Great Combination for CAN Prevention

Parents and Children Together’s program will utilize 24/7 Dad™ and Kamalama, a locally created Hawaiian values-based curriculum, in offering child abuse and neglect prevention services to fathers on probation or parole, teen fathers, and fathers with disabilities in the communities of Kalihi and Kaneohe on the island of Oahu. The organization will serve approximately 320 individuals over a three-year period. Parents And Children Together was founded in 1968 as the Parent-Child Center of Kalihi, to facilitate young children’s development through parent education and support.

WAIANAE COAST COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH CENTER, INC.
Innovation in CAN Coalition Training & Community Outreach

The Innovation in CAN Coalition Training & Community Outreach coalition will build on an existing partnership with Waianae Neighborhood Place and Communities in Schools Hawaii. This new coalition will provide Protective Factors training opportunities for coalition members and will serve as a single point of access and coordination for child abuse and neglect prevention services on the Waianae Coast.