About New Hope

Founded in 1993, New Hope for Children, a registered DBA of New Hope Christian Services, Inc., is a licensed non-profit adoption agency existing to provide HOPE to children by finding their forever families with the highest of ethical standards. We are committed to building the strongest of families by providing emotional support and guidance throughout the entire adoption process, including post-adoption. We are excited to welcome you to participate in our many adoptive family events as well as to become a lifelong part of our community. 

New Hope for Children has brought 1000+ children home to their forever families and our staff is comprised of professionals who have adopted both internationally as well as domestically. We cannot wait to share our expertise with you.



Meet Executive Director, Alisa Karwowski, LADC-1

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Maisy, Jack & Charlie

Maisy, Jack & Charlie

Alisa was appointed as Chief Executive Director of New Hope for Children in June, 2013 after having served as the President of the Board of Directors and as the Russian Representative for the agency for six years. Alisa holds a BA in Psychology and Sociology. She holds a private practice license in counseling, #1804.  She is the Director of Guidance at a private high school on the seacoast of New Hampshire where she has worked with college preparatory students for the past eighteen years. Alisa facilitates social services and adoption related counseling for both birth families as well as adoptive families. She also is the Director of the Orphanage Fund, Keeping the Promise. Alisa is the author of, A Guide to Russian Adoption: Professional Counseling and Personal Insights and is the adoptive mother of two boys from St. Petersburg, Russia and a daughter born domestically. She has made appearances on the TODAY Show, MSNBC, The Joy Behar Show and NECN to discuss sensitive issues surrounding international adoption. 

Directors & Board Members

Alisa White Karwowski, CEO, Director of Social and Adoption Services 

Timothy Karwowski, CFO, Director of Domestic Adoptions

Melissa Hanlon, ESQ, Adoption Attorney

Neil Binette, Social Services

Allyson Schaaf, President of Board of Directors

Donna Marsh, Vice President of Board of Directors

Caroline Blonski, Treasurer

Toni Lynch, Secretary

Catherine Berube, Board Member

Sheri Flaherty, Board Member

Lon Siel, Board Member



“The court ordered me to get counseling after I placed my child. I was so glad that they did because I really got a lot out of talking with Alisa. She was so helpful and did not judge me at all. I felt really comfortable in talking with her.”
-Birth Mother, York County, Maine