Presenters: S. Kukunaokala Yoshimoto, Executive Director of Blueprint for Change and Ann Adalist-Estrin, director of the National Resource Center on Children and Families of the Incarcerated at Rutgers University–Camden.
Participants will gain information to understand families impacted by the criminal justice system. The National narrative has shifted over 5 years and there are many new and innovative initiatives in programs, policy and practice. Elements of that shift connect with ACEs, trauma and toxic stress, and social determinants of health. Participants will learn new ideas from the National and Hawaii perspectives on how to best work with our population.
Shayne Kukunaokalā Yoshimoto is a pulapula (seedling, offspring, descendent) of Keahinuimakahahaikalani Kuhihewa laua `o Wahineaea Keikiomeheula Lililehua Kamaikaumaka of Ualapu`e, Moloka`i, with family ties to Maui, and Papakōlea, O`ahu. Having obtained his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the UHM. His career includes four years with the Honolulu Community Action Program, providing services to vulnerable populations in Kahalu`u, Waimānalo and Palolo, and three years with Hui Mālama O Ke Kai Foundation as the `Ohana Program Specialist tasked with developing culturally-anchored programming for families in the Waimānalo community. He currently serves as the Executive Director at Blueprint for Change, a non-profit that provides the fiscal, administrative and technical support to a statewide system of Neighborhood Places which address prevention services for families at risk of child abuse and neglect. He is a founding co-instructor and coordinator of Ke A`o Mau, a cultural course at the TSSW & PH. His cultural foundation provides a unique lens that informs his personal and professional life. He believes that the restoration of Native Hawaiian spiritual structures, cosmology, and healing practices will greatly benefit the overall health and well-being of the lāhui (nation).
Ann Adalist-Estrin is Director of the National Resource Center on Children and Families of the Incarcerated at Rutgers University, Camden New Jersey where she also teaches in the department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice. Under Ann’s leadership, NRCCFI has provided training and consultation to government and non-government agencies and community programs worldwide including Consultation to the Maryland Governor’s Office on Children’ Families impacted by incarceration initiatives; The Counsel of State Government’s Justice Center /Second Chance Act grantee training; Children of Prisoners Europe (COPE); The National Institute of Corrections /Urban Institute work on model practices for parents in prisons and jails; The International Association of Chiefs of Police “Safeguarding Children of Arrested Parents” resources ; and The Sesame Street’s “Little Children, Big Challenges Incarceration materials. She has many publications – including “12 Guiding Principles for Responding to the Needs of Children and Families of the Incarcerated” published in Contemporary Research and Analysis on the Children of Prisoners: Invisible Children by Cambridge Scholars Press in 2018. In 2013 she was honored by the Obama White House as a “Champion of Change” for her work as an advocate for children and families of the incarcerated and she also received the 2021 Child Well-Being Award from Arizona State University’s Center for Child Well-Being.
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