HAWAII INTERNATIONAL CHILD PLACEMENT AND FAMILY SERVICES, INC.

Creating and supporting families since 1975

aka A FAMILY TREE   |   Honolulu, HI   |  www.AFamilyTree.org

Mission

A Family Tree's mission is to support vulnerable children and to advocate for and assist with permanency and adoption into loving families.

Ruling year info

1976

Principal Officer

Kristine Altwies

Main address

1632 South King St.

Honolulu, HI 96826 USA

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EIN

99-0164045

NTEE code info

Adoption (P31)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

A Family Tree (AFT) seeks to find families for children, and provides support to anyone considering adoption or family planning issues. AFT can identify, train, vet, prepare, and support families able and willing to take in, adopt, and love waiting children. Working with local organizations, AFT works to match appropriate families with children who are either unable to live with their birth families, or who are in some way unconnected with their birth families. Additionally, pregnant women in Hawaii who may not be clear on their ability or desire to parent, work with AFT's 24/7 staff to discuss and determine their options. AFT supports these women in considering any of their three legally available family-planning options: to parent a child, to place for adoption, or to terminate a pregnancy. For families engaged in challenging adoptive placements, or dealing with family planning questions, AFT provides counseling services.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Social Services

Domestic Adoption, Birth Mother Adoption Counseling, Home Study and Post Placement/Post Adoption Services for State of Hawaii (Department of Human Services), Adoptive Parent Training, Counseling of children and families.

Population(s) Served
Families
Parents
Non-adult children

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Average number of service recipients per month

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Men and boys, Family relationships

Related Program

Social Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Service recipients is defined as a broad category - anyone who contacts A Family Tree (AFT) requesting information, support or service relating to any of the AFT mission points.

Number of cases monitored

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Families

Related Program

Social Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

AFT conducts a bi-annual formal case record review. Peer reviews are conducted with the aim of identifying system weaknesses and to evaluate risk. A random sampling of open cases are selected.

Number of children served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

At-risk youth, Immigrants and migrants, People with disabilities

Related Program

Social Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Defined in terms of the number of clients helped through call-in support, home studies, post placement, post adoption support work, family counseling, re-adoption, and support group work.

Number of clients and family who did not complete the entirety of the program

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Social Services

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

Number of clients who commence, or consider the adoption or foster care process and withdraw due to their own decision or based on AFT's recommendation.

Number of casework interviews performed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Social Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Based on the averages of formal case work interviews only. Including initial intake for formal service clients, home study, and post placement, post adoption and domestic adoption service clients.

Number of children placed in foster homes

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Non-adult children, People with disabilities, People with psychosocial disabilities

Related Program

Social Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

AFT does not place children into foster homes but places children for adoption. These numbers reflect that service (adoption) and not foster care. No metric for adoption was available in the GS system

Number of children placed into adoptive homes.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Social Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

International placements did not resume until middle of the year due to Covid.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

A Family Tree (AFT) wishes to see every child in a loving home, and every pregnant woman supported in determining and carry out a plan that supports the best interest of her child. In the next ten years, AFT aims to ensure that any adult who lives in Hawaii, who wishes to parent a child, is connected with the resources and programs that would allow that approved adult to parent a waiting child. AFT aims to ensure that local pregnant women connect with a non-profit, counseling-based support system, allowing them to determine what is best for them and their children. AFT aims to provide support and empowerment groups to adopted and fostered children in Hawaii. Our organization is aiming to assist orphaned children, pregnant women, and waiting families with compassionate services.

AFT partners with appropriate community resources to ensure we are meeting our goals. We seek funding where appropriate, use social media, produce a local community television talk show, and poll our stakeholders to ensure we are clear on needs. We connect with partners throughout Hawaii, and stay connected with mainland U.S. professional organizations. We work with our child welfare contacts to ensure we are up to date on issues and parameters. We train staff and work as a holistic organization, sharing input and mission-related work.
We engage a board comprised of local leaders who are each directly involved in adoption, child-welfare, or foster care work. We continually seek ways to advocate and educate in our community. Our fundamental strategy is to stay on a straight course of responding to the needs of the children and families we serve, while continually scanning the horizon for new ways in which to connect with stakeholders and increase our service offerings.

AFT is staffed with adoption and family counseling experts. We are accredited and experienced. We are licensed and bonded. We are insured and have a proven track record in delivering high quality adoption and family counseling services. Our biggest limitation is funding. With appropriate funding we have the capability of expanding services to meet the needs of an even greater service demographic. Currently AFT produces a large body of work with a limited staff.

AFT has been serving families and children since 1975. We have placed over 3,500 children into loving homes. We have developed adoption programs in more than a dozen countries and have provided outreach to our Hawaiian community. We have achieved the highest level of accreditation in inter-country adoption (Hague), three times in a row. We have had uninterrupted State of Hawaii, Department of Human Services certification since our founding. We offer dynamic and human-centered programs managed by team members who genuinely care about their clients. While dozens of similarly-sized adoption agencies have closed their doors or been asked to shut down, AFT continues to offer programs and services with the highest level of integrity and commitment. We have increased program offerings in direct response to client requests, and continue to innovate.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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HAWAII INTERNATIONAL CHILD PLACEMENT AND FAMILY SERVICES, INC.

Board of directors
as of 12/02/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Rann Watumull

Hawaii Film Partners

Deborah Leong-Yep

Macys West

Gigi Davidson

Ohana Komputer, Inc.

Jane Miyake

Hawaii Medical Services Association (HMSA)

Roger Forness

The Honolulu Advertiser

Rann Watamull

Hawaii Film Partners

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/2/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data