Counselors Kristine Altwies, M.A., Abby Sylvester, LCSW, and Julia Sanderson, MSCP are ready to meet and assist with issues in the following areas:

  • Adoption issues
  • Bonding and Attachment
  • Crisis Management
  • Domestic Violence
  • Parenting
  • Marriage/Relationship Issues
  • Counseling is also provided in Mandarin and Cantonese

Kristine and Abby are parents through adoption. Abby has extensive experience with foster care. Julia has worked in crisis management for many years.

Adoption and Parenting Issues:

All HIC counselors appreciate that adoption is a lifelong process for the adopted child, the birth family, and the adoptive family. They are able to support families as they navigate the various social/emotional/developmental challenges that arise from the adoptive experience, the intricacies of open adoption relationships, and transracial family and parenting issues. The HIC Counseling center is able to partner with parents and help them understand the key role they play in their child’s healing process.

Counseling at HIC will be offered on a sliding scale. If interested in counseling services, please contact us at 808-589-2367 or counseling@adoptionhawaii.org.


Kristine Altwies, MA

Executive Director/CEO See bio

Abby Sylvester, LCSW

Director of Social Work See bio

Julia Sanderson, MSCP

Family Counselor See bio