The Maui News - A state-funded Maui program that offers counseling for parents and primary caregivers whose substance abuse could put children in their care at risk of harm or neglect will be gone at the end of November. Another Maui program that aims to help parents who have lost custody of their children work toward reunification will likely be forced to reduce services.
Those programs, and others, are the latest to feel the sting of state budget cuts to human service agencies. Two Child & Family Service programs on Maui, as well as a Maui Youth & Family Services emergency shelter program, were caught in state Department of Human Services' cuts to Child Welfare Services contracts with community providers and the University of Hawai'i.
The contract terminations and reductions of funding to agencies and programs amounted to $5.8 million, according to a Human Services Department news release. Services affected included emergency shelter care, interstate child placements, and training and home studies for prospective foster families.