HIC Classes

Contact us through email or by phone at (808) 589-2367 to find out about upcoming classes to be held at the HIC offices in Honolulu, HI.

Personalized Information Sessions

For all families wanting an introduction to HIC’s adoption programs

In order to provide better service to prospective adoptive families, effective immediately, HIC will be offering personalized information sessions for Oahu families interested in learning more about our international adoption programs (currently: Africa, China Waiting Child, and Taiwan). You may contact us through email or by phone at (808) 589-2367 to find out which programs you might qualify for, and to schedule an information session with one of our program managers.

Adoptive Parent Training Classes (APT)

HIC requires that all Oahu residents attend a series of Adoptive Parent Training (APT) Program sessions to be offered through HIC throughout a year.  A wide range of topics is included in these seminars including: Basic Parenting, Attachment and Bonding, Child Development, Basic Pediatric Care, Brain Gym, and Grief & Loss. Class size is limited and participants must Register. Please check your List of Service Fees for fees associated with the class. Read more…

HIC Birth Mother Support Group

A group for women who have placed a child for adoption. Women meet at the HIC office to give and receive support with one another in a positive and caring environment.

Mandarin Chinese Classes

Mandarin Chinese classes are open to adults and children ages 3 and above.

Mandarin Chinese for Children

This class is intended for children ages 3-12 and will emphasize basic conversational Chinese through songs and games. The emphasis will be on spoken and conversational Chinese and the Mandarin tonal system. Older students will be taught to read and write traditional characters for the basic words, phrases, and sentences that they learn.

Introduction to Mandarin Chinese

This class is intended for adults and children over the age of 12. This course will provide a slightly more structured environment suited to adults and teens for learning the four basic skills involved in learning any foreign language: speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing.

Please contact John at hawaii.mandarin.chinese@gmail.com if you would like more information. 

*Instructor’s background:  John Trowbridge has studied Chinese for more than twenty years.  He majored in Asian studies and philosophy at Washington University in St. Louis, before earning M.A. degrees in Chinese language and philosophy from The Ohio State University and a Ph.D. in Chinese and comparative philosophy from the University of Hawai‘i.  He spent a year in Taiwan at the Mandarin Training Center.  As a former college instructor and father of four children under the age of 14, he is capable of teaching Chinese language and culture to both adults and children.

Teen Group

Teens between the ages of 10 and 14 who were adopted and wish to socialize with one another as well as working on community volunteer activities. Older teens can also act as mentors to the younger teens in this fun and supportive group. If you or your teen is over the age of 14, and wishes to be involved, please contact HIC.

Vietnam Annual Playgroup

An annual get together for families who have adopted children from Vietnam. If on Oahu permanently or visiting, come reconnect with other adoptive families!

Philippines Playgroup

A quarterly playgroup for families who have adopted children from the Philippines. Families get together to support each other, promote Philippine culture and encourage continued community.

RMI Playgroup

A quarterly playgroup for families who have adopted children of RMI descent. Families who have placed children for open adoption through HIC are also invited to participate. This group is the first of its kind for HIC.

China and Taiwan Annual Playgroup

An annual get together for families who have adopted from China and Taiwan. If on Oahu permanently or visiting, come reconnect with other adoptive families!

Kazakhstan Annual Playgroup

An annual get together for families who have adopted from Kazakhstan. If on Oahu permanently or visiting, come reconnect with other adoptive families!

HIC Africa Playgroup

A playgroup for families raising children of African or Caribbean descent. Families meet at various locations on Oahu to play and encourage each other as they work to support their children’s development of healthy identity and self-esteem.p>

Infant and Child CPR

Infants and children have a much better chance of survival if CPR is performed immediately. Child and Family Service (CFS) sponsors classes in Infant & Child CPR.  Classes usually take place at CFS Ewa or Vineyard locations from 9 am – 12 pm. and cost approximately $40. Check out HIC’s calendar for a schedule of classes.

Reservations are required and enrollment is limited. Reservations must be made with CFS by contacting Lorena at 808-681-1440 or lescober@cfs-hawaii.org (email is preferred). When you contact CFS, please inform them that you are a client of Hawaii International Child and specifically request CHILD or INFANT CPR training. A nominal fee will be charged to cover the costs of materials.

First Aid

Child & Family Service also offers First Aid Classes. Classes usually take place at CFS Ewa or Vineyard locations from 1 pm – 4 pm. and cost approximately $20. Check out HIC’s calendar for a schedule of classes.

Reservations are required and enrollment is limited. Reservations must be made with CFS by contacting Lorena at 808-681-1440 or lescober@cfs-hawaii.org  (email is preferred). When you contact CFS, please inform them that you are a client of Hawaii International Child. There may be a nominal fee.