Several Kaua‘i agencies get funds to fight child abuse

Leaders of Child and Family Service on Kaua‘i, the Kauai Rural Health Association and Legal Aid Society of Hawaii will all receive grants to fight child abuse from members of the advisory board of the Hawai‘i Children’s Trust Fund (HCTF).

Grants ranging from $96,000 to $120,000 over the course of three years have been awarded by trustees of HCTF, a public-private grant-making partnership between officials in the state Department of Health and Hawai‘i Community Foundation.

Statewide, over $1 million has been awarded to nine nonprofit organizations.

“The protection of our children is a fundamental societal value,” said HCTF Advisory Board Chair Loretta Fuddy.

“The HCTF is pleased to provide additional resources that will allow communities throughout our state to explore creative ways to support families in their efforts to provide a safe and nurturing environment for their children.”

These new grant awards complement three-year commitments made in 2004 to seven other agencies statewide: Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii, Good Beginnings Alliance, The Institute for Human Services, Inc., Maui Economic Opportunity, Mediation Center of Moloka‘i, Parents and Children Together, and Sisters Offering Support, Fuddy explained.

HCTF was created in 1993 by members of the state Legislature to prevent child abuse and neglect in Hawai‘i.

The fund’s advisory board includes Fuddy, Family Health Division chief, state Department of Health; state Rep. Dennis Arakaki; state Sen. Suzanne Chun Oakland; Michael A. Tongg, Tongg & Tongg; Alan T. Yamamoto, director of community relations, Hawaiian Electric Industries; and Patrick K.S.L. Yim, former Circuit Court and Family Court judge.

Established in 1916, the Hawai‘i Community Foundation is a statewide, charitable-services and grant-making institution whose leaders are endowed with contributions from many donors.

HCF officials also serve as resources on philanthropy, community issues and trends. For more information, visit www.hawaiicommunityfoundation.org.

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