Safety and Protection for Children in Hawaii
Hoomalu O Na Kamalii, a receiving home for children entering the child welfare system on Oahu, Hawaii opened in April 2009. The goal of the home is to keep children safe until they can be reunified with their parents, placed with appropriate kin or with culturally similar resource parents in their community.
The ten bedroom home accommodates 15 children ages 4-17 and provides 24/7 staffing, access to social workers and other health professionals in Hawaii. Sibling groups are able to stay together in the home, greatly reducing the trauma of being removed from their home. Most children are able to remain in their home school while they are assessed and transitioned into safe and loving permanent homes.