Hoomalu O Na Kamalii
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.
Total Number of Children and Youth Served
Number of Sibling Groups Served
Returned Home or Placed with Caregiver within 30 Days
• Child development activities
• Transportation to and from school on Leeward Coast
• Cultural activities Specialist services weekly
Hawaii State Department of Human Services
It was really difficult because we were split up for so long. If we had had a family or place to take all of us in and keep us together, it would have been way better.”
-former Waianae foster child