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1 “Families are the foundation of our community, and their well-being is inextricably linked to the health and prosperity of the community, state, and nation. EPIC works to strengthen ‘ohana and enhance the welfare of children and youth through transformative processes that are respectful, collaborative, and solution-oriented.” EPIC ‘Ohana, Inc. - Revised: 12/05/12

2 Think about a 17 year old… …you have worked with, or …family member or friend, or …yourself when you were that age. What were they doing? What were they planning for?

3 Who was there to support the 17 year old? How involved were they in helping that young person plan for the future?

4 “Families are the foundation of our community, and their well-being is inextricably linked to the health and prosperity of the community, state, and nation. EPIC works to strengthen ‘ohana and enhance the welfare of children and youth through transformative processes that are respectful, collaborative, and solution-oriented.” EPIC ‘Ohana, Inc. - Revised: 12/05/12

5 ‘Ohana Conferencing (1996) E Makua Ana Youth Circle (2004) Family Finding (2007) ‘Ohana Connections (2007) Project First Care (2009) Hawai‘i Youth Opportunities Initiative (2009) Family Connections Grant CWS/EPIC ( ) WRAP Services (2012) Men’s Circles (2013) EPIC’s Programs EPIC ‘Ohana, Inc. - Revised: 12/05/12

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7 Who Is Eligible? Youth ages currently in foster care, legal guardianship or adoption A young adult up through age 26 who turned 18 in foster care, legal guardianship or adoption Eligible for DHS Higher Education board payments EPIC ‘Ohana, Inc. - Revised: 12/05/12

8 Youth Driven Means Youth decides if they want a Youth Circle Youth decides who attends Youth decides how to open the circle Youth decides what are their goals Youth decides what they eat at the circle Youth decides their plan EPIC ‘Ohana, Inc. - Revised: 12/05/12

9 First Visit Revised12/17/10 Meet the youth face to face Get to know the youth Discuss the details and what to expect

10 Revised12/17/10

11 Gernani’s Youth Circle Supporters 10/30/06 Laura – Social Worker Terrance – GAL Elaine – Ed. Advocate Elizabeth – Provider Jon – Provider Alyssa – DOE Lorie – Group Home Juliana – Group Home Myrna – Mom 05/03/07 Laura – Social Worker Terrance – GAL Elaine – Ed. Advocate Jon – Provider John – Provider Lorie – Group Home Benita – Foster Mom Myrna – Mom 08/12/08 Kathy – Foster Mom 07/20/09 Kathy – Foster Mom 08/27/10 Kathy – Foster Mom Teresa – Provider 05/21/12 Kathy – Foster Mom Malia – Friend Delia – Supporter Gerald – Brother Gernani, Sr. – Father Adrian – Friend Idea – Friend Noy - Friend 03/22/13 Kathy – Foster Mom Malia – Friend Delia – Supporter Gerald – Brother Gernani, Sr. – Father Gio - Friend Adrian – Friend Noy – Friend Judith - Supporter 05/24/13 Kathy – Foster Mom Malia – Friend Delia – Supporter Gerald – Brother Noy - Friend Judith - Supporter

12 First Visit Meet youth face to face Explain Youth Circles Gather information Begin planning Coordination Case information gathered Calls are made to SW Calls to participants YC scheduled Referral Anyone can refer Auto-referrals Follow up with youth See how youth is doing Determine if a Re-Circle is needed or check again in the future Youth Circle EPIC & CWS Youth Circle Process Transition Plan Outlines youth’s plans Identifies supporters Provides list of resources Sent to all participants

13 Foster Care in Hawai‘i Population: million (2012) Over 1,000 young people in foster care Over 200 are between ages Less than 100 age out every year Over 4,000 in Adoption / Legal Guardianship Youth Circles per year

14 Challenges Every youth is different Special circumstances Working with youth Working with adults Resources

15 Efforts Outreach Goal Setting Youth Circles Imua K ākou Beyond foster care WRAP services Ho‘opono Mamo

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17 Questions?

18 Website:epicohana.org Phone: Toll free: Fax: Mail: 1130 N. Nimitz Hwy Suite C-210 Honolulu, Hawai`i EPIC ‘Ohana, Inc. - Revised: 12/05/12

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