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Caregivers drained, stressed

They are essential to the success of Hawaii's child welfare system. They take in abused and neglected children, some with complicated physical or emotional problems, and temporarily care for them, house them and nurture them. Read more

Deficits plague system

In August of last year, Paul and Cathy-Anne McKimmy became foster parents to two boys. The younger child, 6, stayed with them for several months; his older brother, 11, for about nine months. Read more

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Healing is first option

The number of confirmed child abuse cases in Hawaii has dropped by more than half since 2005. Mirroring that trend, the number of children needing foster care declined by nearly 50 percent. Read more

Danger lingers at home

Not even 4 months old, Zion McKeown was hospitalized in 2008 with multiple cracked ribs. They weren't his first injuries from suspected abuse. P Tests revealed the infant had older rib and collarbone fractures that were healing. Alarmed, state officials temporarily removed Zion from his home. Read more

Controversial moves

Here are four cases in which questions about the state's reunification strategy have been raised over the years: Reubyne Buentipo • Ronela Pascual • Zachary Dutro-Boggess • Five siblings Read more

Child’s best interest is not always family

By the time she was 2, the child had lived most of her life with the same two Oahu foster parents. The toddler had developed a strong bond with the couple and their family and considered their residence her home, according to court documents. Read more

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