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On September 1, 2016, the Department of Human Services (DHS) leadership grew. As many are aware, former Director Rachael Wong left our department at the end of August. We are sincerely grateful for her vision and leadership during her nearly two years with the department. We wish her the best of luck in all of ...
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The Hawai‘i State Commission on the Status of Women (HSCSW) recently hosted and sponsored a successful national conference, bringing together advocates for women and girls from across the country. Notable speakers included members of the Hawai‘i Women’s Legislative Caucus, who spoke to the group of more than 100 attendees about the importance of women’s involvement ...
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Gov. Ige made the new Department of Human Services (DHS) leadership team official on Sept. 9, 2016. The governor hosted a swearing in ceremony where Director Bhanot and Deputy Director Holthus could begin their tenure by taking their oaths of office. DHS division, staff office and attached agency leadership came together to celebrate our new ...
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Gov. Ige’s Office News Release September 16, 2016 HONOLULU –  Gov. David Ige announced today that more than 400 homeless individuals will be served over the next two years through the state’s new Family Assessment Center.  The Family Assessment Center (FAC) is the converted maintenance shed, adjacent to Kaka‘ako Waterfront Park. It will temporarily house ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 16, 2016 Additional Open Application Period Begins September 19 for Preschool Open Doors Program Honolulu, HI – The Department of Human Services encourages families to apply for its Preschool Open Doors (POD) program between Monday, September 19 and Monday, October 31, 2016.  Applications received during this period will be considered for ...
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HONOLULU – Attorney General Doug Chin and Human Services Director Rachael Wong announced today the resolution of multiple class action lawsuits regarding state foster care payments… Read More…

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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