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Teaching Children to Think
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.
Attaching in Adulthood
Following a turbulent childhood, Patrick devoted his life to helping others, and in doing so, started helping himself.
Adopting An Older Child From The Philippines
MJ Abe, HIC's Philippines Program Director, shares her experiences helping older children find their forever families in America.
Becoming Who I Am
Born in Arkansas to African American birth parents, Kamakakehau grew up in Hawaii to eventually become an ambassador of Aloha.
Mom to Many
Kaui and her husband are raising 14 kids with no end of love or energy in sight!
Surviving and Thriving
Against all odds, Kintaro came up through the foster system and now dedicates his life to helping others.
A Domestic Adoption Journey
Tammy was adopted as an infant, later found her birth mother and has been an adoption advocate ever since.
Long Ago in China
Join HIC’s Executive Director, Kristine Altwies, as she discusses adoption and life with Lenore Peterson — a single mother who adopted her daughter, Maya, from China.
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.
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.
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.
Adopting the Older Child
HIC’s Executive Director, Kristine Altwies, discusses older child adoption From China with guests, Jaydee Wagner – Adoptive Mother/Director of China Adoptions – Hawaii International Child and Mary Swanson – Adoptive Mother/Older Child Adoption Advocate.
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.
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.
Born in Baku
Meet William, who was born halfway around the world in Azerbaijan but grew up in Hawaii. He shares his thoughts on adoption and life.
Adopting a Waiting Child Panel
HIC Adoptive Parents talk about adopting the older or waiting child and what it means for their family.