Who We Are

Children are Hawaii’s most valuable resource. They are our future. Family Programs Hawaii is a unique non-profit agency remaining true to its origins of providing quality care to the children of Hawaii. Our goal is that every child in Hawaii has the opportunity to reach his or her full potential – especially children who are in or may become involved in foster care.

For more information about Family Programs Hawaii, please download our 2016 Annual Report.

Families & Children Served
Reduction in Risk Factors
Children Served At Holiday Party

Our Story

Family Programs Hawaii is a 501(c)(3) social service agency dedicated to strengthening children and families involved in the child welfare system through high quality prevention, support, and transition services. Family Programs Hawaii provides services to prevent children from entering foster care; supports children and families already involved in the foster care system; and assists youth transitioning out of foster care. We currently have approximately 60 employees in our two offices, located in Honolulu and Hilo, and a receiving home in Maili.

We have provided quality social services in Hawaii since 2004. Since then, we have grown, adding several large state contracts as well as numerous smaller grant funded programs to the original Enhancements program for foster youth and Long Term Foster Care services. Improving the lives of children and families involved in the Child Welfare System is central to us. Family Programs Hawaii strengthens families and provides service to all children from the child welfare system including supporting foster parents who care for them.


Stephanie Batzer, JD, MSW
Owner/Operator Stephanie W. Batzer, MSW, LLC 
Carol Ono
Vice Chair, Administration & Finance 
Senior Vice President & Division Manager of IT Infrastructor, First Hawaiian Bank 
Mei Nakamoto
Vice Chair, Governance 
Attorney, Law Offices of Mei Nakamoto 
Jeff Case
Vice Chair, Development & Communications, Audit Chair 
Aon Risk Services, Inc. 
Mona Choy-Beddow
Secretary, Administration & Finance 
First VP & Regional Manager, HomeStreet Bank 


Paulette Bethel, PhD, MPA
President & CEO  
Family Programs Hawaii 
Greg Kimo Schlais, Esq.
Member, Governance 
Counsel, Legal Services, HMSA 
James Harrow
Member, Governance 
President & CEO, Security Alarm Shop 
Brian Keala Benz, ICE, CHE
Member, Administration & Finance 
President & CEO, Team Clean, Inc. 
Peter Phillips
Member, Development & Communications 
Land Acquisitions Manager, D.R. Horton-Schuler Homes, LLC 
Michele Loudermilk
Member, Governance 
Assoc. General Counsel, Alexander & Baldwin 
Caryn Okinaga
First Vice President, Director, Bank Regulatory Compliance, American Savings Bank 
Warren Aoki, LCSW, ACSW, MA
Member, Development & Communications 
Social Work Consultant, US Army Regional Health Command-Pacific 


Paulette Martinez Bethel, PhD, MPA
President & CEO 
Keith Kuboyama, LCSW, MSW
Executive Vice President 
Eva Chau, LCSW, MSW
Vice President of Programs 
Suzanne Sarlund
Vice President of Administration & Finance 


250 Vineyard Street
Honolulu, HI 96813-2445
Phone: (808) 521-9531
Fax: (808) 521-2000
64 Keawe Street, Suite 201
Hilo, Hawaii 96720
Phone: (808) 935-2876
Fax: (808) 961-4913
For information on trainings and
support groups or other support
for resource families, contact:
Warm Line
Oahu: (808) 545-1130
Neighbor Islands:
(866) 545-0882
MON-FRI 8:30 A.M. – 5 P.M.

Contact Us

250 Vineyard Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
(808) 521-9531

Statewide Warm Line for Foster Youth and Families
Oahu: (808) 545-1130
Neighbor Islands:
(866) 545-0882
Mon-Fri 8:30a.m. - 5p.m.

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