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Stanley Soares and his children are joined with the Family WRAP Hawaii Team, which included representatives from EPIC, HFAA, CASA, CCSS, CWS, and CFS.

Reunification Is a Team Effort

Posted on Jul 15, 2016 in Main, News

One family’s journey to reunification with government and private partners The Child Welfare Services Branch came together with the Hawai‘i State Judiciary, community organizations, and others to celebrate National Reunification Month on June 23 at Hale Pono‘i in Kapolei. The event recognizes families and the organizations and entities that support them in their journey to ...
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DLIR and DOTAX students celebrate the Summer Youth Employment Program with Gov. Ige and Directors Rachael Wong and Linda Chu Takayama.

Summer Shining Stars

Posted on Jul 14, 2016 in Main, News

Summer Youth Employment Program transforms students and government alike Most of us can remember our first summer jobs. It’s a rite of passage for many teenagers in high school and college. This summer, 223 youths with disabilities experienced this exciting rite in State of Hawai‘i and county internships. On July 8, Governor David Ige, Department ...
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During the 2016 legislative session, Department of Human Services (DHS) advocated alongside the community for two bills that expand the opportunities for young people in foster care and who have aged out to discover who they are through education and experiences, supported by people who care for them. On June 29, Governor David Ige signed ...
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On June 15, 2016, the Adult Protective & Community Services Branch East Hawaiʻi section staff came together with members of the Hawaiʻi County Prosecutor’s Office and Police Department to pass out purple ribbons and display purple banners at the Hawaiʻi County’s Aging & Disability Resource Center in Hilo. The gathering honored “World Elder Abuse Awareness ...
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DHS Programs Among Heroes of Hope

Posted on Jun 7, 2016 in Main, News

The Friends of the Children’s Justice Center of Oʻahu held a recognition luncheon titled “Heroes of Hope” on April 22, 2016, to honor several community and public agencies for their “unwavering commitment and compassion to meet the needs of hundreds of children who have been physically and sexually abused in our community” at the O‘ahu ...
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By this time every year, the buzz at the Capitol has finally started to settle. Full halls of pacing feet, quiet discussions on wooden benches, and the tones signaling transitions from one hearing to another have subsided. Department of Human Services (DHS) team members spent innumerable hours in the Capitol over the 4 months of ...
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June is Fatherhood Month

Posted on Jun 7, 2016 in Main, News

On Friday, May 27, Governor David Ige and Lieutenant Gov. Shan Tsutsui declared June 2015 as Fatherhood Month. Gov. Ige joined Fatherhood Commissioners and other community members in acknowledging the important role fathers play in their children’s lives. Both Gov. Ige and Chet Adessa of the Fatherhood Commission called on their own experiences as fathers ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 26, 2016 Honolulu, HI – The Hawai‘i Coalition for Dads and the State Commission on Fatherhood will celebrate the important role fathers play in their children’s everyday lives on Saturday, June 18 at Windward Mall.  The two organizations invite all Hawai‘i fathers and their families to join them at the 18th ...
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The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program will open its 2016 application period from June 1 through June 30.  LIHEAP assists households with their utility bill (electric or gas) in two ways: Energy Crisis program assists with up to $350 to restore power to the residence of a household whose electricity or gas has been ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 2, 2016 Honolulu, HI – The Department of Human Services (DHS) has opened an additional application period for its Preschool Open Doors (POD) program and encourages families to apply between May 2 and May 31, 2016. Applications received during this period will be considered for preschool participation during July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017. This program, which is currently serving more than 1,100 children statewide, provides child care subsidies to eligible ...
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