Welcome to Blueprintforchange.org

 

Blueprint for Change (BFC) is a community-based nonprofit organization which was founded on the belief that every child in Hawai’i deserves to grow up in a loving family, a nurturing home and a safe environment.  Since 2000, BFC has worked to achieve this vision by developing and supporting a statewide series of family-centered, community-drive service delivery models known as the Neighborhood Places.

A Neighborhood Places (NP) is designed to be a one-stop family resource center capable of providing high-risk communities with a safe and nonthreatening environment where all families, regardless of circumstance, can obtain a full continuum of support services. A major aspect of the models success is that each program is located where the family lives, allowing services to reflect the culture of their community.

The primary goal of Neighborhood Place Programs is engaging families before abuse occurs. According to FRIENDS National Resources Center for Community Based Child Abuse Prevention:

“Strategies to frontload family strengthening and voluntary case management services and to provide families in crisis access to community-based early response alternatives appear to be working in terms of keeping families intact, keeping children safe, and engaging families through less restrictive/intrusive approaches.” 

The NP programs are unique among the child abuse and neglect prevention programs in the State, because they are the only places where families can receive support and strengthening services without an appointment or referral, and by simply knocking on the doors.   All other prevention programs work with families who are, in some way, already engaged with the State’s Child Welfare System.  The Neighborhood Places work with families to keep them from becoming engaged with the Child Welfare System.  By establishing the necessary relationships with state agencies for family strengthening services, and the Department of Human Services, BFC continues to developed fluid relationships that allow the NPs to identify, address, and remedy stressful family issues before instances of abuse occur, and before there is a need for state intervention.

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Neighborhood Place Partnership

Guiding Principles

 

  1. WE VALUE RELATIONSHIPS FIRST AND FOREMOST.  The work of the Neighborhood Place Partnership is predicated on the value of relationships.  Trusting relationships are built as we take the time to know each other, treating others with respect, withholding judgments and assumptions.  All members have strengths and are valued as partners in the planning, implementation and evaluation of services.  All persons within the partnership have an equal voice working together in relationships based on equity and respect.
  2. WE COLLABORATE WITH OTHERS TO ACHIEVE RESULTS.  Together we are stronger in spirit and action than we are alone.  Collaboration is the creation of shared outcomes, opportunities and risks to bring about positive results for children, families and long-term system change.  Collaborations must regard each other as colleagues each with a willingness to change.  Collaboration is a balancing act – building lasting relationships inside and outside the organizations.  The foundation of collaboration is trust.
  3. WE COLLABORATE WITH OTHERS TO ACHIEVE RESULTS.  Together we are stronger in spirit and action than we are alone.  Collaboration is the creation of shared outcomes, opportunities and risks to bring about positive results for children, families and long-term system change.  Collaborations must regard each other as colleagues each with a willingness to change.  Collaboration is a balancing act – building lasting relationships inside and outside the organizations.  The foundation of collaboration is trust.
  4. WE RECOGNIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF SPIRITUALITY IN OUR LIFE AND WORK, GIVING US A SENSE OF HOPE AND A POSITIVE FUTURE.  We recognize and acknowledge that we as humans all have a spiritual element to our being.  It is important that we connect with our spirit in order to:
    • Gain a deeper appreciation for the wisdom of our kupuna and value the lessons of our ancestors that help guide us in the choices we make
    • Receive spiritual guidance and the strength to address challenges
    • Recognize that in our own weaknesses, WE CAN
  5. WE ACT WITH HUMILITY (HA’AHA’A).  In acknowledging our spirituality, we also are able to practice the value of Ha’aha’a.  We do this by:
    • Not bringing attention to our self.
    • Recognizing and acknowledging the contributions of others.
    • Acknowledging and encouraging other’s strengths and resources.
  6. WE ACT WITH SENSITIVITY TO INDIVIDUAL CIRCUMSTANCE.  Support is provided without preconceived thoughts, feelings or ideas of one’s background, history, situation or circumstance.  Culturally competent and sensitive practices are appropriately provided to all persons within our communities.
  7. WE ACT WITH COURAGE.  The needs of children, families and our communities are the first priority of the Neighborhood Place Partnership.  There will be times when decisions will involve taking risks.  We will have the courage to do what is right with confidence and resolution even in the face of adversity. In our actions we honor both our head and our heart.
  8. WE EMBRACE CHANGE AS OPPORTUNITY.  Change is an opportunity to create new forms of collaboration and partnerships that can improve the safety and well being of families and children.
  9. WE ARE WILLING TO WORK IT OUT (HO’OPONO).  We know that differences will arise along the path of our work and we are committed to work it out through the practice of Ho’opono.  This practice will require us to:
    • Have the courage to make things right, to heal, to forgive, to let go.
    • Recognize and take personal responsibility for our actions and consequences.
    • Take the opportunity to confront our faults, make amends to those we have harmed and make positive changes to better our lives and our relationships
    • Value the power of forgiveness and second chance.
  10. WE TAKE PRIDE IN OUR WORK.  We are committed to our services and programs being results driven.  Through the rigorous evaluation of our services and programs we will ensure they are achieving our intended outcomes based on best and promising practices.