Daniel (age 7)
Daniel tested positive for HIV when he was 7 months old. He lived with his single mother, also HIV positive, and grandparents until he was 1 year old, when he came into state care. He is described as calm, kind, always smiling, emotionally stable, and friendly with classmates and adults. Daniel is small for his age, has developmental delays and is behind in academic progress. He has some muscle weakness in his foot that slows his walking gait, and some speech delays. He hopes for a family with children, especially a brother. Daniel lives in Latin America and is available for hosting in the US for two weeks in early December. He can be adopted by a single male, single female or married couple. For more information, please contact Linda Perilstein, Executive Director of Cradle of Hope Adoption Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saray (age 10)
Saray’s birthmother left her with a friend at age 11 months and never came back. There is no information about her birthfather or other relatives. At the time of her abandonment, Saray was diagnosed as HIV positive. She receives antiretroviral medications and her viral load is reported to be undetectable. Saray has lived in an orphanage since 9/04. She is described as a smart girl with good academic motivation, who is very organized with her school work, gets good grades and enjoys science, music and art classes. Her development is age appropriate although she is small for her age. She is good at making and keeping friends, has good self-care skills, and helps around the house. Saray really wants a mother and a father. She lives in Latin America and is available for hosting in the US for two weeks in early December. For more information, please contact Linda Perilstein, Executive Director of Cradle of Hope Adoption Center at email@example.com.
URGENT: A sibling trio with two boys and a younger sister! These children will be separated if not assigned to a family soon. “V” was born 3/2007 and described as a little girl that likes to explore and is well behaved. She easily shows affection to others, plays alone or with others, controls impulses and expresses her feelings. Born 3/2004, brother “G” is respectful of authority figures, can express his needs, has the ability to make and keep friends and shows good behavior in school. “L” is the oldest brother born 2/2001. He is able to focus and complete tasks, takes initiative, expresses his feelings and wishes, and has the ability to make and keep friends. He is described as an explorer who likes to satisfy his curiosity. “L” attends school and interacts positively to his peers and other children. He shows respect to adults that are close to him. “L” is HIV+, but his siblings have no known medical concerns. Please reference ID number H13-07LC to learn more about this group!
Eligible families may qualify for a grant through LSS/CH and Brittany’s Hope Foundation. Intchild@chsfs.org
After a period of quiet while officials in India made changes to the adoption process–World Association for Children & Parents (WACAP) is now seeing adoptions in India up and running successfully for families interested in children with medical needs. Each month, information about a group of children with medical needs is shared with the agency. In recent months WACAP has been seeing toddlers and young children with HIV on India’s list. The agency has a grant program that offers a $9,500 grant to (eligible) families who adopt an unidentified child age two or older with HIV from India. Eligible family incomes must be less than $125,000 a year after subtracting $3700 for each child in the home. The family must be paper ready with a complete homestudy and dossier before being able to review child information. You do not have to be of East Indian origin to be matched with a child with HIV. With the new system in place, WACAP strongly encourages families who are interested in adopting children with HIV to apply to the India Program! Please email Jo Reed in FamilyFinders@wacap.org or Priyanka Joshi, PriyankaJ@wacap.org manager of WACAP’s India program, or call her at 206-575-4550.
WACAP (www.wacap.org) is a non-profit adoption agency.
RainbowKids newsletter dated February 7, 2012 is reporting about 10 children with HIV in need of adoptive parents. All of the children are listed with the very reputable agency CHSFS. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org about these little ones:
- Girl in Eastern Europe born 10/2007
- Boy in Eastern Europe born 7/2009
- Boy in Eastern Europe born 7/2008
- Boy in Asia born 3/2004
- Boy in Latin America born 11/2008
- Girl in Latin America born 11/2004
- Boy in Latin America born 6/2009
- Boy in Latin America born 10/2003
- Boy in Latin America born 5/2003
- Boy in Africa born 3/2007
There are occasionally children in China with HIV who are in need of international adoptive families. The placing agencies who have advocated for orphans with HIV in China include Adoption Advocates International, Lifeline, Wasatch and Great Wall. Exceptions can sometimes be made to China’s eligibility requirements when adopting a child with HIV.
RainbowKids.com has been featuring more children with HIV lately than ever before. There are 2 ways to search their photolistings for children with HIV in need of adoptive parents. You can log in here then click on this link or you can login then go to the child search page and leave all fields blank, except the Special Need box (scroll down and check the box for ‘HIV’). There are currently 34 photolistings, although I know several of these children have families in progress to adopt them.
As of May 2011, current waiting children include:
Boys & Girls in Eastern Europe born between 2002 – 2009
One Boy & Several Girls in Latin America born 2002-2009
Boys & Girls in Africa born between 1998-2005
Boy & Girl in Caribbean Islands both born in 2001
Children Available: Agencies place children from the “Priority Adoptions” Program. Through this program, hundreds of children in Peru are registered to be placed with families. The children with special needs are of various ages between 2-16.
Parent Qualification: Married couples should be between 25 and 55 years of age. Prospective adoptive parents should be at least 18 years older than the child. Divorce is acceptable. Singles are accepted for this program. There is no minimum length of marriage and no restriction on the number of children living in the home. Exceptions may be made to parent ages…please contact a licensed agency for more information.
Timeline: The family can travel 2-3 months after dossier is complete and referral is accepted.
Travel: In the case of an adoptive couple, both parents must travel to Peru to finalize the adoption. Stay in the country is approximately 4- 5 weeks. One parent may leave Peru after the court process is complete (2-3 weeks in country). During the stay, Peruvian social workers evaluate the child and family’s bonding progress.
Children of All Nations and Villa Hope have had HIV-positive children in need of international adoptive families in their PERU programs. Another agency working in this country is Lifeline Children’s Services.
Peru is a Hague country.
See also the Peru Adopt Yahoo Group
According to Madison Adoption Associates, international families are needed for waiting children with HIV. Single men, single women and married couples may adopt. According to adoption.state.gov, the adoptive parent must be at least 27 years of age and at least 16 years older than the child to be adopted at the time of the application. The maximum age gap between the adoptive parent and the child and the child to be adopted must not exceed 45 years. Check the agency websites for further guidelines. Another agency to consider is Hand In Hand which has done many HIV adoptions from a different country or Children of All Nations. There are other American agencies working in the Philippines as well.
If you are in Canada, try Formons Une Famille adoption agency which is currently processing special needs requests. Formons Une Famille Philippines Yahoo Group (Canada) and Adoption_Phillipines (in French).
RainbowKids.com is reporting about a wonderful group of children in Colombia who have been diagnosed as HIV-positive and are waiting for families. These children may be adopted by single people or married couples. There is flexibility for the parent’s age and the number of children in the home. These are not siblings; these would be individual adoptions. For more information, families may contact Adopolis. Pictures and information are available upon request. These children can also be adopted through other agencies working in Colombia so keep in mind that there may be other families reviewing the same file. Basic info about adopting from Colombia here. Dates of birth:
- Boy, Born in 2003
- Girl, October 12, 2002
- Girl, November 24, 2001
This happy, active four- year-old girl was born December 29, 2005 and she has tested positive for HIV. Despite her diagnosis this beautiful little girl is healthy and progressing on target in all areas. The orphanage social worker states that she is “friendly in nature” and always has a smile on her face. She is described as a sweet loving child. This lovely child would thrive in the care of one of our confident and accepting families, and benefit greatly from the specialized treatment and resources available in the US.
A nine-year-old girl who is a friendly and social child and shares a good rapport with other children and caregivers, she has tested positive for HIV. She is described by the social worker as a confident, active child who is physical and mental development is considered average. We believe that this otherwise normal, very healthy and beautiful child would thrive in the care of a confident and accepting family, and benefit greatly from the specialized treatment resources available here in the US.