STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Maui Child Welfare Services Section: Maui CWS, a branch of the Social Services Division of the Hawaii Department of Human Services, serves the islands of Maui, Moloka‘i, and Lāna‘i. CWS receives all reports of child abuse or neglect in Maui County, provides case consultation and assessment, and provides crisis intervention on behalf of children in need of immediate protection. CWS programs (primarily provided through contracts with local providers) include family strengthening and support, child protection, foster care, adoption, independent living and licensing of resource family homes, group homes and child-placing organizations. Annie Reinecke is the Maui CWS Section Administrator, and the four Maui CWS units employ 43 people.
Casey Family Programs: Casey Family Programs is the nation’s largest operating foundation focused on safely reducing the need for foster care and building Communities of Hope for children and families across America. The mission is to provide and improve — and ultimately prevent the need for — foster care. Casey Family Programs provides strategic consulting to Hawaii’s Child Welfare Services Branch through a strategic consultant assigned to Hawaii. That consultant is in Hawaii about every other month and can access the full array of Casey Family Programs resources to support Hawaii CWS. Mike Scholl is the strategic consultant for Hawaii and represents Casey Family Programs on the Steering Committee. Chiemi Davis, who is now with Lili‘uokalani Trust on Oahu, was the original Casey Family Programs representative. Diana English was the Casey Family Programs Strategic Consultant who led the Systems Analysis Framework in 2016.
Ho‘oikaika Partnership: Ho‘oikaika Partnership is a robust coalition of more than 60 Maui County agencies and individuals. Ho’oikaika Partnership started in 2008 and its mission is to continuously expand the knowledge and use of the Five Protective Factors to all those that touch and shape the lives of the children in Maui County to reduce the incidence of child abuse and neglect. The coalition is facilitated by a small group of Core Partners.
Ho‘oikaika Partnership Core Partners:
- Edeluisa Baguio-Larena, CEO, Maui Family Support Services
- Jeny Bissell, RN, Supervisor, Family Health Services Section, Maui District Health Office, Hawaii Department of Health
- Tina Kiyabu-Crowell, MSW, Quality Assurance Specialist, Maui Family Guidance Center, Hawaii Department of Health
- Connie Meekhof, Maui Family Peace Center Program Supervisor, Parents and Children Together
- Bobbie-Jo Moniz-Tadeo, Ph.D., Clinical Director and Early Childhood Specialist, Imua Family Services
- Shana Orta, Director of Maui County Programs, Child & Family Service
- Paul Tonnessen, Executive Director, Friends of the Children’s Justice Center of Maui
Islands of Hope-Maui Coordinator: Karen Worthington, JD, Karen Worthington Consulting
ISLANDS OF HOPE-MAUI STRUCTURE
Maui CWS, Casey Family Programs, and Ho‘oikaika Partnership are the three partners. The Maui CWS Section Administrator, a representative of CFP, and the Ho‘oikaika Core Partners serve as the Islands of Hope-Maui Steering Committee.
The Steering Committee meets every other month, with meetings and communications as needed in between. Sub-committees lead the implementation of individual initiatives. Decisions are made collaboratively, and we try to ensure that all perspectives and opinions are heard. The Ho‘oikaika Partnership Core Partners meet in the months that the Steering Committee does not meet. CWS attends those planning meetings to ensure the work of the two networks is aligned and to maximize limited resources. Islands of Hope-Maui business is sometimes conducted at the Core Partner meetings.
Islands of Hope-Maui leverages the Ho‘oikaika Partnership coalition for communications, community and provider input, and volunteers. Contact Ho‘oikaika Partnership if you would like to join the e-newsletter list to receive monthly updates on Ho‘oikaika Partnership and Islands of Hope-Maui.
A part-time coordinator performs backbone functions such as planning and coordinating meetings and communications, facilitating Islands of Hope-Maui and sub-committee work, providing administrative and subject-matter support, tracking the budget, facilitating development of an evaluation plan, and seeking additional funding and partners for sustainability.