“Imagine helping a family move from poverty, homelessness, and distress to educated, working, and thriving. Child & Family Service has found a model of care that does just this!”
~ Karen Tan, LCSW, CFS President & CEO
Over the past three years, Child & Family Service (CFS) piloted Transition to Success® (TTS), an anti-poverty model of care, in our programs on the islands of Kaua‘i and Maui. TTS is a system of care that changes our understanding and response to poverty – treating poverty as a condition, NOT as a character flaw. As with any “condition,” things can get improve when given the right support and tools; TTS helps CFS Family Advocates identify what is needed to enact positive change in each participant’s unique situation.
We deliberately measured the impact of TTS across 19 domains on a quarterly basis over a three-year pilot period (Fall 2016 – Winter 2019). Careful review of data indicates that CFS has a clear and focused way to help move families in Hawai‘i out of poverty – by reviewing and assessing scorecard information that identifies progress, allowing providers to adapt to each participant’s needs. Data also shows that it is important to expand the TTS model across all CFS programs statewide, as well as the entire Human Service Sector in Hawai‘i.
Using 19 self-sufficiency domains, which are determinants necessary to thrive independently, CFS Family Advocates partner with participants to assess their progress in each area on a scale of 1-5 (1 = crisis and 5 = empowered). When action is suggested by the assessment, the Family Advocate works with the participant to identify barriers that are preventing success in that domain. Together, a map of their hopes and dreams is created and used to identify short-term and intermediate goals to help overcome barriers. Once they have successfully moved past these barriers, they can focus on achieving their long-term goals.
The 19 domains used are:
- Children’s Education
- Adult Education
- Health Care
- Life Skills
- Family Relations/ Support Network
- Community Involvement
- Parenting Skills
- Mental Health
- Substance Abuse
- Financial Management
CFS Kaua‘i & Maui TTS Pilot Evaluation Results
From Fall 2016 to Winter 2019, CFS measured the 19 domains for 604 individuals participating in our programs. Data revealed incredible and positive changes in 16 domains. Most importantly, 10 of the 16 area indicated statistically significant change, indicating that future participants who go through TTS can expect the same or similar results.
TTS® Demographics of 604 Individuals
(Kaua‘i = 454, Maui = 150)