A Birth Father's Story

A Message to Birth Mothers

Adopting a Child Domestically

Join HIC’s Executive Director, Kristine Altwies, as she discusses older child adoption in the United States with guests, Abby Sylvester, LCSW – Adoptive Mother/Director of Social Work, and Chiyomi Chow, LSW – Adoptive Mother/Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Recruiter, Family Programs Hawaii.

Birth Mother Perspectives

Join HIC’s Executive Director, Kristine Altwies, as she welcomes special guests Kendra Lyons and Jessica Bethel to discuss their personal experiences with placing a child for adoption.

Becoming Who I Am

Born in Arkansas to African American birth parents, Kamakakehau grew up in Hawaii to eventually become an ambassador of Aloha.

A Domestic Adoption Journey

Tammy was adopted as an infant, later found her birth mother and has been an adoption advocate ever since.

Finding My Birth Family Part 1

Meet Isaac. He was adopted at birth by a loving family on Oahu 29 years ago. Now, he’s sharing his journey of searching for his birth parents with Kristine Altwies on a very special episode of All About Adoption: Finding My Birth Parents – Part 1.

Finding My Birth Family Part 2

29-year old Isaac just met his birth parents for the first time. Join us as Isaac and both of his birth parents share their thoughts on a bond that transcends distance and years.

Learning to Trust

It’s tough to be a foster kid. And it gets tougher the longer you are in the system. Mala, a 24-year old former foster child, shares her experience — 34 homes in 6 years — and how finding her adoptive family made all the difference.

Adopted Kids Are Just Like Other Kids

Domestic Adoption ABCs

Lani Oprescu, Director of the Ka Makana Domestic Adoption program at Hawaii International Child discusses the ins and outs of adopting from within the United States.

Surviving and Thriving

Against all odds, Kintaro came up through the foster system and now dedicates his life to helping others.

Being A Kid

Join HIC’s Executive Director, Kristine Altwies, as she welcomes special guests Essence (13 years old) and Luyanda (8 years old) to discuss what it’s like to be adopted, from a kid’s point of view.

A Teen’s Perspective

13-year old Essence shares what it’s like growing up in the foster care system and then finding her forever family.

Why Training Matters

In this episode of ALL ABOUT ADOPTION, HIC caseworker and adoptee, Lealyn discusses the importance of parent training in the pre and post adoption period. Lealyn shares her personal and professional insights into some of the issues around growing up adopted.

Finding a Forever Family

In this episode of ThinkTech Hawaii - Aloha United We Stand, HIC Director of Social Work, Abby Sylvester and her daughter Essence talk about who adopted kids are, what works for them, what parents can expect, what is required, and how parents can get in touch with HIC to start the adoption process.

Family -- A music video