Current CFS Office Closures
ALL CFS OFFICES WILL BE OPEN TODAY
Updated 9/13/2018, 9:25 am.
“We care deeply about the emotional and physical safety of our employees and those we serve. Our Hawaii community has been through so much over the past year and we want to be sure that we are responding in a way that supports physical and mental health for our community. Although our offices and services will be closed, we will continue to work in partnership within our community to respond and support each other throughout this crisis.”
– CFS President & CEO Karen Tan
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has a very helpful resource page if you are a parent or grandparent and/or are working with families who have young children:
This tool gives tangible things to do prior to, during and after the storm to address both physical and emotional needs of children. For example, during the storm it recommends the following:
MODEL CALM BEHAVIOR – Children may mirror the reactions of adults around them and will learn ideas for how to take care of themselves from what parents and caregivers do.
PROVIDE SIMPLE BUT ACCURATE INFORMATION in a steady voice.
ENCOURAGE COMFORTING OR DISTRACTING ACTIVITIES – Children may benefit from doing slow breathing to calm their bodies, having a stuffed animal or blanket to hold, or being distracted from the storm by dancing, singing, or playing games.
PRACTICE THEIR OWN SELF-CARE – Parents and caregivers may benefit from finding opportunities to take a moment for themselves, express their feelings, acknowledge that it is a scary situation, and engage in a coping strategy.
Updates on Tropical Storm Olivia
- Tropical Storm Olivia updates from the Hawai’i Department of Health Office of Public Health Preparedness
- Hawai’i Department of Education Website
- Hawaii News Now article: Call Centers for residents & visitors: O’ahu (768-2489) & Maui (270-7285)
CFS Domestic Abuse Hotlines: