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Mission: The mission is to provide supportive services that build on family strengths. The prime directive is to use our collective resources to prevent child abuse and neglect. The organization promotes healthy family functioning by providing child abuse prevention and early intervention through family strengthening services to maui county community. The agency works with families whose circumstances put their young children at risk for suboptimal health and developmental delays. Our prevention and early intervention programs use a strength-based and family centered approach to sustain the family's formal and informal support network and prepare them for increased self-sufficiency. All services are confidential and provided at no charge to families. All services are accredited by the national council on accreditation for children and families. In fy 2014, services were provided to over 5,600 individuals.

Programs: Healthy families america and enhanced healthy start program - home visiting, community based programs available to families of prenatal and young children on maui, molokai and lanai to assist families, identify their strengths, and focus on enhancing parenting skills, increasing protective factors and decreasing risk factors for child abuse and neglect. The goal of the programs is to prevent child abuse and neglect, promote healthy child development and positive birth outcomes, foster positive parent-child interaction including bonding and attachment, and promote healthy family functioning by teaching problem solving skills and improving family support systems. 98. 9% of familes served were not confirmed or reconfirmed for abuse and neglect. Depending on program, eligibility for enrollment extends from pregnancy until an infant is 3 years old.

early head start program - provides comprehensive early childhood development services to low income and categorically eligible pregnant mothers and children (such as children in foster care or moms and children who are homeless). Services include two licensed early childhood development centers and home visiting services. Families receive additional support from the health specialist (registered nurse), nutrtion specialist (registered dietician), as well as the disabilities specialist, education specialist, family and community partnership specialist, clinical specialist and fatherhood involvement specialist. The program works in partnership with parents in their role as primary caregivers and educators of their children. Program goals are to provide safe and developmentally enriching family environments which promote physical, mental, social and emotional growth of children 0 to 3 years old, ensure children enter school ready to learn and promote family literacy. Mfss applied for and received arra funds to expand early head start services on maui, molokai and lanai. 172 children and 9 pregnant women were served between august 1, 2013 & july 31, 2014.

teen voices - provides in school drop out prevention, teen pregnancy prevention and substance abuse prevention services to middle and high school students using evidence based curricula and pre-post assessments to ensure program effectiveness. Works to prevent child abuse and neglect by: 1) preventing teen pregnancy, 2) preventing subsequent pregnancies among teens, 3) providing pregnant and parenting teens with effective, nurturing parenting skills, and 4) providing all teens with tools to make healthy choices, increase problem solving skills and prevent drop out. Fatherhood involvement team (fit) - provides gender based services to fathers promoting bonding and attachment and father involvement prenatally and throughout the life of their child. Uses evidence-based 24/7 dads and nurturing fathers curriculum. The fatherhood involvement team works with fathers/male caregivers and expectant fathers to help them understand the importance of positive, regular father involvement and the positive effects this has on the social, emotional, cognitive and physical development of children including their ability to enter school ready to learn. The program also works with fathers/male caregivers to break the cycle of father absence and its effects including but not limited to: higher rates of teen pregnancy, substance abuse, and domestic abuse. The program also conducts targeted outreach to males to address their role in teen pregnancy prevention and shared parenting skills. Substance abuse prevention. Na hui - groups for parents, including specific groups for fathers, and groups for resource caregivers or family members such as grandparents who find themselves caring for the children of others. Groups are focused around strengthening parent/caregivers understanding and practice of protective factors that decrease child abuse and neglect while providing supporting family strengthening services. Hana infant and toddler center - hana's first infant and toddler center providing the remote community with quality early childhood services that support the growth and development of their children ages between 6 weeks through 3 years ald. Children of parents who are students at hana high and elementary school or school teachers/staff are prioritized as well as low income families. Maui early childhood resource center - is a team that coordinates the early childhood efforts in maui county by promoting activities, resources, and training to improve the availability, affordability, and quality of early childhood education and child care programs. Provides child care subsidies to eligible parents for licensed, quality child care so they can work and increase their family self-sufficiency. Services are available to young children and families on maui, moloka'i and lana'i.

maui family support services provides other services which support our mission and address co-occuring risk factors for child abuse and neglect. Additional grants and activities include organizational capacity building, and leadership development.

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