Mission Statement

Hawaii International Child’s mission is to support vulnerable children globally and to advocate for and assist with building loving and permanent families through adoption, surrogacy and other medical alternatives.


The HIC Philosophy

HIC holds the well being of the child above all else.

We recognize the critical importance of early childhood love and nurture, and acknowledge that every child deserves a loving, permanent family. We believe that children suffer in the limbo of uncertainty and blossom with the security of stability and consistency. We wish to create a community, into which these dear children may grow and prosper.

We recognize the needs of adoptive parents for truth and professionalism, education and support prior to adoption. We recognize the need for ongoing support and education following placement of children into homes. We understand the importance of ongoing support for adopted children.

We recognize the reality of the family triad in adoption and the need to acknowledge the birth parents to the extent possible.

We choose to remain a small agency with a large amount of love for what we do. We believe in a quality adoption experience. HIC respects the individuality of each person, and the importance of diversity to a healthy world.


HIC’s History

Hawaii International Child (HIC) (founding name, Hawaii International Child Placement and Family Services, Inc.), was established in 1975 by members of Hawaii’s adoption community. HIC’s founding members came from a background of personal connection to international adoption. Some had parents who’d been adopted; others had adopted children themselves, or were raised with siblings who’d been adopted. In its early years, HIC worked directly with Holt Children’s Services International, bringing nearly 2,000 orphaned children from Korea to American families. In 1991 HIC moved from the Big Island of Hawaii, to Honolulu on the island of Oahu, to better serve a larger adoptive parent population. HIC has actively sought to maintain its reputation as a friendly and client-focused agency. Our staff is united in our love of children, our respect for adoptive parents, and our enjoyment of the important work we are lucky to be able to do.

Since 1975, HIC has helped more than 3,000 children find their forever families. We have run adoption programs in China, Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, the Ukraine, Taiwan, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Africa, Thailand, Vietnam and the Republic of Georgia. We have worked in cooperation with other agencies and parties, to place children from Cambodia, the Philippines, Peru, Guatemala, Mexico and Japan. We are a contract agency working with the State of Hawaii Department of Human Services to place children from foster care into permanent homes in Hawaii. We work with adoption attorneys in private adoptions and facilitate private domestic adoptions. We work to place children from mainland state foster programs into permanent homes in Hawaii.

As a 501(c)3 non-profit agency, HIC is governed by the HIC Board of Directors and is licensed by the State of Hawaii. HIC undergoes an annual audit performed by an independent certified public accounting firm (CPA) and has completed the highest standard of national non-profit recognition through the Council on Accreditation (COA). HIC received it’s 5-year Hague-accreditation in 2008.

On January 22, 2010 Hawaii International Child Placement & Family Services and Child & Family Service Adoption Program entered into an affiliation agreement to combine business operations of their intercountry and domestic adoption programs. With this agreement, Hawaii International Child becomes a non-profit subsidiary under Child & Family Service and Child & Family Service Adoption Program is consolidated into Hawaii International Child. This consolidation makes Hawaii International Child the largest Hawaii-based adoption agency and will greatly increase the number of children who will find forever families.