In the past, children with HIV in Vietnam have been adopted by American parents. US / VN adoptions were placed on hold in 2008 and have re-opened as of September 2014. At the time of this writing, the 2 US adoption agencies approved for processing Vietnam adoptions are Dillon International and Holt International.
According to Dillon Int’l: they have placed children with HIV, children with HIV are waiting for families, both heterosexual married couples and single applicants between 25-55 can apply (this may be an agency rule not a country rule). Only one trip about 2-3 weeks in length.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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