For Foster Care Month, Susan Chandler, director of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Public Policy Center, was interviewed on May 20 by Hawaiʻi Public Radio’s Beth-Ann Kozlovich on The Conversation. The interview involved a general discussion of the current status of foster care in Hawaiʻi, including an update on where foster care programs are at today and recent legislation related to foster care.
Chandler also discusses issues related to foster care that have been addressed in recent years and issues that still need to be addressed.
HPR asked Chandler to join a panel on foster care on Town Square. This segment will air on May 22 Thursday, 5–6 p.m.
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Susan Chandler is director of the Public Policy Center and a public administration professor at UH Mānoa. She is teaching courses in policy analysis, collaboration and grant writing and program evaluation.
Chandler has been an active researcher in the area of child welfare and is a board member on EPIC Inc. Ohana, Juvenile Delinquency Alternative Initiative and Protecting Hawaiʻi’s Ohana, Children Underserved, Elderly and Disabled. For the last two years, she has been working with the Child Welfare Services Branch of the Department of Human Services to bring the wraparound process to Hawaiʻi with a pilot project called WRAP Hawaiʻi for high risk, foster youth involved in multiple agencies and has been consulting on Hawaiʻi Title IV-E waiver, which will bring WRAP to Hawaiʻi’s long-term foster youth.
Chandler also conducted research for the Department of Human Services reviewing the reimbursement rates (also called board and care rates) provided to resource care givers (formerly known as foster parents) in other states and that data was used to support the legislation passed this year to increase the rates in Hawaiʻi.