<![CDATA[Karen Worthington Consulting - News and Information]]>Thu, 16 Nov 2017 21:07:48 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Amazing Maui Event: FREE Early Childhood Development Training on May 4, 2015]]>Tue, 21 Apr 2015 18:24:49 GMThttp://karenworthington.com/news-and-information/amazing-maui-eventfree-early-childhood-development-training-on-may-4-2015FREE Early Childhood Development Training Event


Dr. James Perrin, immediate past president, American Academy of Pediatrics and Chair in Pediatrics, 


Dr. Ellen Perrin, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician, the Floating Hospital for Children, Tufts Medical Center

Sponsored by:
Ho‘oikaika Partnership, with funding from Hawai‘i Children's Trust Fund and Prevent Child Abuse Hawai‘i

Monday, May 4, 2015

Dr. Ellen Perrin, 4-5pm
Dinner, 5-6:15pm
Dr. Jim Perrin, 6:15-8pm

Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc., Classroom 1
99 Mahalani Street
Wailuku, HI 96793

Free, including dinner
Pre-registration is required
CME status pending (there may be a cost for CME)

Who should attend:
  • Community Organizers
  • Providers of Services to Families and Children
  • Administrators of Child-Serving Organizations
  • Teachers
  • Early Childhood Care Providers
  • Home Visiting Specialists
  • Parent Community Networking Center Coordinators
  • Family Court Personnel
  • Pediatricians
  • Family Medicine Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Physicians Assistants 
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Social Workers
  • YOU!

For more information visit the event website or go directly to the registration form.

Supporting Children’s Resilience through Grassroots Advocacy and Responsive Early Childhood Systems
Developing Comprehensive Systems for Screening, Surveillance, Referral and Follow-Up for Children Age 0-5

Presentation objectives:

At the end of the evening, attendees will be able to:

·         identify current local initiatives related to timely developmental and behavioral screening, referral, and follow-up for children birth to three, particular those most at risk.

·         discuss how we as a community can ensure that screenings are happening, that referrals are coordinated, and service provision is tracked and shared to benefit children and families.

·         understand children’s resilience in the broad spectrum of positive, tolerable and toxic stress environments in the first 1,000 days.

·         build program capacity to support building children’s resilience growing up in toxic stress environments particularly in the critical first three years.

·         promote grassroots advocacy for resiliency-supportive policies at program and state levels with a wide range of early childhood health, early learning and family support providers serving children birth to three and their families.

Questions? Email Ho‘oikaika Partnership coordinator Karen Worthington or call 808-214-9336.
<![CDATA[229 Child Victims Too Many: Ho‘oikaika Partnership Works to Reduce Child Abuse]]>Tue, 07 Apr 2015 20:56:14 GMThttp://karenworthington.com/news-and-information/229-child-victims-too-many-hooikaika-partnership-works-to-reduce-child-abuseHo‘oikaika Partnership invites Maui County residents to celebrate National Child Abuse Prevention Month this April by attending the Mayor’s Proclamation and Uncle Wayne and the Howling Dog Band’s concerts, and by promoting the protective factors to prevent child abuse.

In 2012, 229 Maui County children were confirmed as victims of child abuse or neglect out of the 556 children reported to child welfare services (CWS). These 229 children represent 17% of the confirmed cases in Hawai‘i.

Mandated reporters, people such as teachers, medical providers and childcare employees who are required by law to report suspected abuse, made 73% of CWS reports in Maui County in 2012. Parents, relatives, neighbors, anonymous reporters, and other individuals made the other 27% of reports.

“One of the most effective ways to prevent child abuse and neglect from occurring is to ensure all parents have the knowledge, skills, resources, and social support they need to provide safe, stable, nurturing environments for their children,” says Paul Tonnessen, director of the Friends of the Maui Children’s Justice Center, a nonprofit that provides assistance to abused and neglected children.

Jeny Bissell, a registered public health nurse with the State of Hawai‘i Department of Health, explains, “When parents and communities possess five protective factors, the risk for neglect and abuse diminishes and optimal outcomes for children, youth, and families are promoted.” The five protective factors are:

• Knowledge of parenting and of child and youth development

• Parental resilience

• Social connections

• Concrete supports for parents

• Social and emotional competence in children

This April the Ho‘oikaika Partnership is collaborating with Uncle Wayne and the Howling Dog Band to raise awareness about child abuse prevention and to promote the protective factors.  The Band’s unique interactive concerts encourage parents and children to connect with each other and other parents and children while dancing, singing and moving to inspirational songs of love and caring for each other.

Other sponsors of the free family concerts are the Maui Friends of the Library, the Hawai‘i State Public Library System, the Hawai‘i Association for the Education of Young Children, and the UH Manoa Children’s Center. These partners are coming together because in addition to being National Child Abuse Prevention Month, April is also the Month of the Young Child. It is appropriate that the two occur in the same month because 43% of child maltreatment victims nationally and in Hawai‘i are under the age of five.

This April the Ho‘oikaika Partnership is also supporting Sexual Assault Awareness Month activities. Nicole Hokoana, Director of the Maui Sexual Assault Center, a program of Child and Family Service, serves child and adult victims of sexual assault and families affected by child maltreatment. She says “without appropriate interventions, being a victim of one type of violence, such as child abuse, increases a person’s risk of being a victim of other types of violence, such as sexual assault. Maui County provides a great example of organizations strengthening the entire community because they work together to raise awareness about and prevent all types of violence.”

Sponsors of Maui County Child Abuse Prevention Month Activities:

·         Child Abuse Prevention Planning Council
·         Hawai‘i Children's Trust Fund
·         The Ho‘oikaika Partnership
·         Prevent Child Abuse Hawaii
·         State of Hawaii Department of Health

Maui County Child Abuse Prevention Events for April 2015

Monday, April 6, 9-11am: Mayor's Proclamation and concert by Uncle Wayne and the Howling Dog Band outside the Maui County Building in Wailuku

Tuesday, April 7, 10am: Reading of Mayor’s Proclamation and concert followed by a brief reception hosted by Maui Family Support Services and Ho‘oikaika Partnership, Lanai Public School and Library

Wednesday, April 8, 9:30am: Reading of Mayor’s Proclamation and concert, Sacred Hearts School in Lahaina

Thursday, April 9, 3:00pm: Reading of Mayor's Proclamation and concert followed by a reception hosted by Child & Family Service and Ho‘oikaika Partnership, Molokai Public Library

Additional events for Month of the Young Child:

Friday, April 10, 10:30am: Concert by Uncle Wayne and the Howling Dog Band at Kihei Public Library

Saturday, April 11, 10:30am: Concert by Uncle Wayne and the Howling Dog Band at Makawao Public Library

Saturday, April 11, 11am-4pm: Valley Isle Keiki Fest at UHMC

About Ho‘oikaika Partnership

The Ho‘oikaika Partnership is a coalition of over 40 organizations and individuals working to prevent child abuse and neglect in Maui County. The work of the Partnership is guided by the Core Partners: Edeluisa Baguio-Larena, Executive Director, Maui Family Support Services; Jeny Bissell, Family Health Services Division Supervisor, Maui District Health Office; Nicole Hokoana, Director, Child & Family Service Maui County Programs; Tina Kiyabu-Crowell, Quality Assurance Specialist, Maui Family Guidance Center; Karen Worthington, Children’s Policy Attorney, Karen Worthington Consulting.

For a complete listing of the Ho‘oikaika Partnership members and for child abuse prevention resources including brochures about the Protective Factors, visit http://www.hooikaikapartnership.com/.]]>
<![CDATA[OJJDP hosts 8/12/13 webinar meeting]]>Tue, 23 Jul 2013 15:31:04 GMThttp://karenworthington.com/news-and-information/ojjdp-hosts-81213-webinar-meetingThank you to Regina Ashmon, Committee Specialist, Criminal Justice, ABA, for sharing this meeting notice:
On 7/22/13, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, DOJ, announced a webinar meeting of the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice. The meeting will take place 8/12/13 from 3 pm until 6 pm EDT (meeting details).]]>
<![CDATA[Infographic illustrates impact of trauma on children's brain development]]>Tue, 11 Jun 2013 20:03:08 GMThttp://karenworthington.com/news-and-information/infographic-illustrates-impact-of-trauma-on-childrens-brain-developmentThis new infographic, produced by the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth in alliance with Participant Media, highlights the differences between child and adult brain science as well as the lasting effects of childhood trauma. Research demonstrates that children are different from adults, and this new asset graphically tells that story.
<![CDATA[Lawyers for youth make a difference]]>Tue, 11 Jun 2013 19:59:28 GMThttp://karenworthington.com/news-and-information/lawyers-for-youth-make-a-differenceI am happy to share a fabulous new PSA created by the ABA Children’s Rights Litigation Committee (CRLC) to educate both the Bar and the public on why lawyers for children are so critical. This short video shows how effective lawyers improve the lives of children in foster care. The CRLC is engaged in a multiyear project to ensure that every child involved in an abuse and neglect case is appointed a quality lawyer. Please share this video with colleagues working with youth in foster care and/or engaged in conversations about representation of youth in the child welfare system.
For more information, see the ABA Fostering Justice web site at http://www.americanbar.org/groups/litigation/initiatives/good_works/fostering_justice.html.]]>
<![CDATA[April 11 symposium: "Marginalized Girls: Creating Pathways to Opportunity"]]>Tue, 19 Mar 2013 16:29:51 GMThttp://karenworthington.com/news-and-information/march-19th-2013The Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy is hosting an April 11 symposium, "Marginalized Girls: Creating Pathways to Opportunity." Details and RSVP information are available at: http://www.law.georgetown.edu/academics/law-journals/poverty/GJPLP-Symposia.cfm.
The special symposium issue of the Journal on Poverty Law and Policy, which includes articles of interest to policy makers and practitioners working with system-involved girls, will be available in April.

Program Agenda:

Panel 1: Achieving Positive Youth Outcomes Across Systems: Child Welfare And Education

Featuring Articles by:
  • Karen Worthington and Karen Baynes-Dunning, “Responding to the Needs of Adolescent Girls in Foster Care”
  • Dr. Barbara Gault and Rhiana Gunn-Wright, “Improving Outcomes for Marginalized Girls in the Secondary Education and Workforce Development Systems”

  • BB Otero, Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, Washington DC
  • Lara Kaufmann, Senior Counsel & Director of Education Policy for At-Risk Students, National Women’s Law Center

Panel 2: Girls In The Juvenile Justice System

Featuring Articles by:
  • Professor Peter Edelman and Elizabeth Watson, “Improving the Juvenile Justice System for Girls: Lessons from the States”
  • Dr. Lawanda Raviora and Vanessa Patino Lydia, “Strategic Training and Technical Assistance: A Framework for Reforming the Juvenile Justice System's Treatment of Girls and Young Women”

  • Liz Ryan, President and CEO, Campaign for Youth Justice
  • Malika Saada Saar, Executive Director, Human Rights Project for Girls

The symposium is sponsored by:
Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University, Georgetown Law Juvenile Justice Clinic, The Georgetown Center for Poverty, Inequality and Public Policy with The Atlantic Philanthropies, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, and the Open Society Foundations' Special Fund for Poverty Alleviation]]>
<![CDATA[Frankie Guzman is an inspiration!]]>Fri, 15 Mar 2013 19:42:39 GMThttp://karenworthington.com/news-and-information/frankie-guzman-is-an-inspiration
Francis "Frankie" Guzman (right) talks with inmate Chad Scott at the O.H. Close Youth Correctional Facility in Stockton. Guzman, who was sentenced to 15 years at age 15, has become an advocate for juvenile justice. Photo: Max Whittaker/Prime, Special To The Chronicle

Read about Frankie's amazing journal from juvenile detention to Soros Fellow and children's lawyer: http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/From-prison-to-juvenile-justice-lawyer-4286757.php
<![CDATA[Sharing news about Young Minds Advocacy Project]]>Fri, 15 Mar 2013 00:15:49 GMThttp://karenworthington.com/news-and-information/sharing-news-about-young-minds-advocacy-projectPicture
Take time to visit a great new nonprofit working to:
(1)improve systemic access to individualized mental health care for low-income young people with serious unmet mental health needs;  and 
(2) reform mental health systems so they are responsive and accountable to the young people and families they are intended to serve.

Started in fall 2012 by Patrick Gardner, Young Minds Advocacy Project (YMAP) uses policy analysis and program evaluations, legal strategies, and public education and informing to transform the mental health system into a more responsive, more effective, and more humane one for young people. A critical aspect of the organization's plan to deliver on this challenge involves identifying, informing and building a coalition of people (like you) who may be interested in working together to reform mental health systems for young people. 

You can connect with YMAP on their website, Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to updates about critical mental health issues affecting children. 

<![CDATA[Running man, routines, and rejuvenation]]>Thu, 11 Aug 2011 20:42:20 GMThttp://karenworthington.com/news-and-information/running-man-routines-and-rejuvenationHang gliders above Haleakala Hwy.

This morning my 3¾ year old daughter and I saw running man for the first time in two months. I was surprised at how excited we both were to see him again—especially since we don’t know the man.

During the school year my daughters and I leave the house between 7:15 and 7:30am. I drop the older daughter off at her nearby elementary school and then I take the younger one to her preschool a few miles up the road. On the drive we talk about the things we see: cows, alpacas, jacaranda trees, hang gliders, school buses, boats… and running man. Running man is a man who  runs on Haleakala Highway on week-day mornings between 7:15 and 8am. He is part of our morning routine.

What is the connection between running man and children’s policy? Seeing him today made me think of two things about children’s policy: protective factors that help lower the incidence of child abuse and neglect, and the benefits of gaining a different perspective on what you see every day.

First, a protective factor that helps parents raise healthy, resilient children is an understanding of child development, including understanding the importance of routines for children. Research shows that predictable routines create a feeling of stability for children; help a child organize her life; help a child understand what parents, teachers, and others expect of her; and create a structured way for a child to learn life skills and explore the world around her.

Second, varying your daily routine can lead to a new perspective. While routines create stability for children, too much routine can create stagnation for adults. Musing on the differences in what you see on your way to work when you leave at a different time may lead you to ask new questions in other areas of your life. For example, you may question your current approach to your initiative to enroll more children in the State Children’s Health Insurance Program and come up with new ideas for educating parents about the program.

One routine in my daughter’s life is our conversation as we drive to school. We talk about the things we see along the way and what they tell us about the season (are the jacarandas in bloom?), the weather (is the sky cloudy?), and the time (we are later today than yesterday because running man is on the other side of the road already). My daughter describes details such as the colors of the flowers and when running man gets a haircut. On our morning drives over the last two months, the absence of running man was a regular part of our conversation, affirming how much this unknown man had become a part of my daughter’s daily environment.

During the summer when my older daughter did not have to be at school by 7:45am, the drive to preschool usually occurred between 8:15 and 9am. Delaying our departure by 45 minutes meant we did not see running man… or did it? It is true that we had not seen him since last May, but we can’t be certain that not seeing him was the result of our changed routine. My daughter and I have had several conversations about why we haven’t seen him—especially on the few days when we went to preschool before 8am. “Maybe he is on Oahu,” she speculated. Or “maybe he is still sleeping,” “he is on the mainland,” “he already finished running today,” “maybe he is hurt,” or “maybe he doesn’t like running anymore.” The possible explanations of a child trying to make sense of changes in her daily life are endless.

If you are struggling with a problem at work or are looking for inspiration to move a project to the next level, see what happens when you change a routine. Arrive at work an hour earlier or later, explore a different part of your community, volunteer with a new organization, take a walk at lunch, hold your next meeting outside instead of in your office. Sometimes changes in the world have nothing to do with us and sometimes we need to create changes in the world.

<![CDATA[April is Child Abuse Prevention Month]]>Thu, 31 Mar 2011 17:17:04 GMThttp://karenworthington.com/news-and-information/april-is-child-abuse-prevention-monthApril is the month each year when we focus attention on the more than 700,000 identified child victims of abuse and neglect each year. These children are only a fraction of the total number who are harmed each year by adults responsible for their care--the majority of children who are abused and neglected never come to the attention of the child protection system. The picture below was taken from the Fourth National Incidence Study of Abuse and Neglect (NIS-4), published in 2010.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Children's Bureau, Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, its Child Welfare Information Gateway, and the FRIENDS National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention created a resource guide that is a good starting place for information about preventing child abuse by supporting parents and families. Strengthening Families and Communities: 2011 Resource Guide provides research-based information on the five protective factors that promote resilience in families and children and reduce abuse and neglect:

  • nurturing and attachment, 
  • knowledge of parenting and of child and youth development, 
  • parental resilience, 
  • social connections, 
  • concrete supports for parents.

Preventing child abuse saves lives, prevents crime, and saves money. These benefits and more are discussed in my op-ed, If you Want to Prevent Crime, Work to Prevent Child Abuse, published March 31, 2011, in the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange

For more information on Child Abuse Prevention month activities and resources, see Prevent Child Abuse America.