The HIC Philosophy
China Adoption Program
The China Waiting Child (CWC) Program was established to help place older children and children faced with particular challenges or conditions into special families. Such children may have conditions like cleft lip and palate, missing digits or hands, club feet, orthopedic problems, congenital heart disease, vision or hearing problems, and other conditions. HIC is one […]
Philippines Adoption Program
The Philippines runs excellent and child-centered permanency programs. HIC is proud to offer a child-placement program in cooperation with the Central Authority (Inter-Country Adoption Board) and well-respected non-profit social service organizations in the Philippines. Prospective adoptive parents will enjoy the excellent information about waiting children and care provided to those children.
Philippines Relative Adoption Program
This special HIC program is ONLY for families wishing to adopt direct relative children living in the Philippines who meet the adoption criteria. Philippine relative adoptions can only be processed by ICAB approved agencies such as HIC. Clients are cautioned against retaining attorneys to attempt these adoptions without the support of an approved adoption agency.
Ka Makana Domestic Adoption Program
HIC offers a domestic adoption program for Hawaii-based adoptive families and Hawaii-based birth families. Due to the number of children placed each year through this program, families in this program are also encouraged to consider other programs through which to grow their family. HIC will provide families with both home study and post-placement services. Final […]
My Surrogacy Family
This program offers family-building through surrogacy. For more information on the surrogacy process, or to become a surrogate mother or a surrogate family, please visit www.MySurrogacyFamily.com.
Yoshee Embryo Matching Program
HIC’s embryo matching program allows the adopting family to parent to begin the family-building journey with pregnancy and childbirth. HIC accepts the donation of frozen embryos from families who have completed building their families and seeks to match them with local families willing and able to undergo Frozen Embryo Transfer and carry a child(ren) to […]
Kristine Altwies, MAExecutive Director/CEO See bio
Kris CastagnaroChief Operating Officer See bio
Jaydee WagnerAsia Program Director See bio
Lani OprescuProgram Coordinator See bio
Mary Jane AbePhilippines Program Director See bio
Abby Sylvester, LCSWDirector of Social Work See bio
Chris Yoshiyama, LSWSocial Worker See bio
Lisa Foxen, LSWSocial Worker See bio
Lealyn PoponiCase Worker See bio
What our clients say
Adoption through HIC was an overwhelming positive experience – right from the start to the completion. We knew what to expect (as best you can) along the whole process. Our little girl was an absolutely delightful addition to our family. She has a winning personality, a delightful smile, and wins everyone’s heart in a matter of moments. I couldn’t be happier.
Peggy, GA – adopted a little girl from China
My experience with HIC was completely positive. It was like having someone hold my hand every step of the way. There was always someone available to answer my questions and spend as much time as I needed at any time. The personal quality of the adoption process was exceptional. In addition, I had the special experience of becoming a member of newly organized Single Women’s Adoption Network (SWAN). This was an invaluable support group, which has continued to become a core social group for us and our children. Once in China, the process completing the adoption was seamless. Our tireless and dedicated guide, CiCi, is a gem.
I always recommend HIC without reservation to any friends who are considering adoption.
Aimee, HI – adopted a little girl from China
Great experience for a number of reasons: 1) Pre-planning: HIC was quite organized and willing to answer all of our questions. 2) In China: HIC has the best local coordinator, CiCi. On many occasions, we witnessed CiCi helping other (non-HIC) families and their interpreters. 3) Last: Everything is fine. We’re going to adopt another one.
Anthony & Karen, HI – adopted a little girl from China
As pioneers in the Russian adoption arena, our family had to rely heavily in our trust of HIC and Kristine. There was no web support, no videos, no international doctors, and only a handful of people who had completed adoptions in Russia. We adopted our daughter in 1993 and will soon celebrate 17 years as a complete family. Our daughter is happy, healthy, and completely normal. Our faith and trust in HIC was never shaken and we have continued to consider them as forever friends.
Cathie & Bill, MI – adopted a little girl from Russia
Adopting internationally can be a long, tedious process; HIC was there every step of the way and made the journey a pleasurable and memorable experience. We met our son in December 2001, and fell in love with him immediately. He was affectionate, clever, and so lovely. There has never been a doubt that he is our child and we are his parents. Currently we are in the process of adopting child #2 from China through HIC. We wouldn’t ever consider another agency and are eternally grateful they have made our dream come true.
Mark & Christine, NM – adopted a little boy from China
From beginning to end, HIC was there to help me with every aspect of adoption. They have become extended family. The “HIC” experience was/is wonderful.
Clancy, CA – adopted 11 children from Russia, China, Cambodia
My experience with HIC was wonderful. My caseworker was completely supportive. She was like my coach – always there to help. All HIC contacts in Russia were terrific. My adoption went through very smoothly, and it was overall a great experience.
Liz, NY – adopted a little boy from Russia
The process was smooth and clear. [HIC was] always available. My questions were answered immediately. The travel was excellent. Our guide was amazing and her attentiveness and small size of our group really made HIC stand out. Also, my paperwork went very fast, because HIC is so efficient in helping you with it.
Wonderful experience working with HIC. Would do so again in a flash! Adopting my little girl is the most meaningful and fulfilling experience of my life.
Laurie, NY – adopted a little girl from China
Both George and I feel just GREAT whenever we hear the words: “Hawaii International Child.” It is all due to Kristine. She is totally professional in anything she has to do with the adoption experience… AND she is with you when you are deciding whether or not to adopt… dealing with paperwork… picking which country best suits your needs… waiting… waiting… waiting… throwing a birthday party for some of your other children WHILE you’re waiting… waiting… waiting… re-organizing your financial situation to suit your needs… and listening to you go on and on about what suits your needs… Kristine is an ANGEL!! We trust her completely, and whenever we have a chance to toot HIC’s horn, we do so.
Becky & George, MO – adopted a little girl and boy from Cambodia
Very positive experience. HIC is like an extended family; very caring, supportive, and always there with assistance if needed. We need more people in the world like Kristine.
Renee, HI – adopted a little girl from Vietnam