Hawaii

State Coordinator

Department of Human Services State of Hawaii
Rachel Thorburn
Assistant Program Administrator
SSD/CPS/Program Development
810 Richards Street, Suite 400
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 586-5297
Fax: (808) 586-4806
Email: rthorburn@dhs.hawaii.gov

2012 Chafee Allocation

$500,000
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2012 ETV Allocation

$132,450
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Number of youth 16-21 (most current AFCARS data - 2009)

214
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State's Chafee Mission Statement

The mission of CWS is to assess and determine what initial response is needed for reports of alleged maltreatment; assess the safety of a home; assess and determine safety and risk of harm to a child who is the subject of a report; intervene to protect children from harm; and strengthen the ability of families to protect their children, or provide an alternate safe family for the child.

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Who is eligible for Chafee services?

This criteria builds upon the existing eligibility criteria in CWS procedures for youth age 12 and older under CWS placement responsibility, and serves to bridge/link eligibility for IL services for former foster youth to eligibility for higher education board payments and continued permanency assistance payments for higher education. The criteria now also allows former foster youth who aged out of foster care under CWS placement responsibility and who opt not to receive state-funded higher education board payment benefits to also receive time-limited help as they pursue their independent living and employment goals.

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What is the state's definition of room and board?

The State’s definition, for purposes of CFCIP funds, includes housing and food since these are the most expensive and essential items that youth may not be able to cover with their own incomes.  It also includes rental deposits, utilities, and other expenses that may be included with the rent. It includes supervised transitional living arrangements. There is no definitional requirement that this kind of assistance continue to be tied to foster board payments only.

Youth age 12 and above under CWS placement responsibility.

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Maximum age that youth may remain in state funded foster care

0

No additional information is available.

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Under what conditions can a youth remain in state funded foster care beyond 18?

Information is currently unavailable.

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Does the state have an approved plan to extend Title IV-E (Federal foster care) beyond 18?

No

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Is the Extended Medicaid Option available for youth until 21?

No

No additional information is available.

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Can youth in care get driver’s licenses?

Yes

Hawaii has added language to legislation that requires that the director of their foster care program to sign liability forms to permit youth to obtain a driver’s license or learner’s permit. Foster youth are eligible for the same insurance as SSI and TANF recipients are eligible for.

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Does the state offer tuition waivers for foster youth?

No

No additional information is available.

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Does the state have a youth leadership program?

Yes

Hawaii Foster Youth Coalition (HFYC):

  • Is a youth lead organization
  • Assists youth in the foster care system to see the infinite pathways and possibilities of their lives
  • Advises and advocates for opportunities for youth in care
  • Allows youth to enjoy a productive present and successful future
  • Current and former foster youth serve as effective role models
  • Develops positive avenues and resources in cooperation with a supportive community*

For a description and more information, please visit the following website: http://hawaiiyouth.net/ *Quoted from HFYC website

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Does the state have a foster care bill of rights or sibling bill of rights?

No

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