The Department of Human Services (DHS) has announced it will restore contract funding for the Kapiolani Child Protection Center (KCPC) on the Big Island.
DHS Director Patricia McManaman says “After listening to community concerns about limited service options and the fact that other Kona-based service providers will be unable to fill the gaps, the DHS reconsidered service reductions in the Ka‘u area.”
In October 2011, DHS announced a $5.8 million reduction in Child Welfare Services (CWS) contracts with community providers and the University of Hawaii.
McManaman said since that announcement, CWS has found a new stream of federal funding that will enable the department to sustain Ka‘u area services.
The KCPC program provides counseling and treatment services to parents with substance abuse problems. An estimated 160 children and 100 parents received services last year.
KCPC has been operating for more than 15 years and employs five people, including three part-time counselors.
CWS programs include family strengthening and support, child protection, foster care, adoption, independent living and licensing of resource family homes, group homes and child-placing organizations.
Services are available on Oahu, Hawaii, Kauai, Maui, Molokai and Lanai, with 36 units/sub-units and a staff of more than 500.