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Research to Understand Child and Family Service Needs in Maui County
In recognition of 2022 Child Abuse Prevention month, the Ho’oikaika Partnership released a report that helps us better understand child and family service needs and pandemic impacts. Conducting this research is part of our Strategic Plan.
The Stellar Group examined existing data from the last five years, focusing on the most common risk and protective factors for Maui County children and families, supports available to prevent child maltreatment, and the service gaps that exist.
- Reflecting our housing crisis, inadequate housing is cited as a precipitating factor in child removal more than twice as often in Maui County as statewide.
- Heavy continuous childcare and inability to cope with parental responsibility are also cited much more often in Maui County than statewide.
- In FFY21, there were 212 children from Maui County in foster care and Native Hawaiian children are disproportionately represented.
- Workforce challenges are common and affect the quality and continuity of services, especially due to issues with recruitment, retention, and cultural competence.
- It’s difficult to know what’s working and what’s not – program outcome data is limited and families’ own voices and experiences are lacking from research and data.
- There is some good news – child maltreatment rates in Hawai’i are lower than the rest of the United States.
Click here for a high-level overview of the most significant findings presented by the Stellar Group at Ho’oikaika Partnership’s Special Convening on April 13, 2022.
(Adobe Acrobat – 12 pages – 558 kB)
Click here to read the full report: Preliminary Assessment of Family Services, Supports and Needs on Maui County A Synthesis of Existing Data
(Adobe Acrobat – 34 pages – 2.6 MB)