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Toddlers in India with HIV & $9,500 adoption grant

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.

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Girl in Ethiopia Needs a Sponsor

This beautiful girl is living with HIV. Her parents have died of AIDS and she now lives with her grandparents. I have been sponsoring her for the past couple of years, but am looking for a new sponsor to take over this role. She can be sponsored through Children’s Heaven, a wonderful organization helping at-risk orphaned girls through community support. Sponsorship is only $25 per month. She is very good about sending pictures, letters and cards at the holidays. She is a very sweet girl and the sponsorship funds go to helping her get medication, clothing and school supplies.

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5 Year Old Girl in Uganda Needs a Sponsor

This is Joyce. She is 5 years old. Awaka Children’s Foundation is working on finding out her HIV status which is unknown at this point. Her parents are both HIV-positive and so is her little brother. Joyce suffers from severe malnutrition. Awaka is working on helping Joyce to receive the medical care and access to regular food to get her healthy again but they need the help of a Sponsor to do that. To Sponsor Joyce on a monthly basis is $25 per month. She can also be Sponsored on an annual basis for $300 per year.

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World AIDS Orphans Day

May 7th is World AIDS Orphans Day. I am commemorating the day by highlighting how we can end pediatric HIV. There are several campaigns going on concurrently to end vertical transmission of HIV from mother to child by 2015 by enabling pregnant women with HIV and newborn babies born to positive mothers universal access to ARV meds. Pediatric HIV is an entirely preventable disease.

I have reported on this topic before, but it bears repeating. All the major players are now saying it is an achievable goal to halt mother to child transmission of HIV/AIDS within the next few years. UNICEF has revealed it’s Children and AIDS: Fifth Stocktaking Report, 2010. Here are some statements from The Global Fund, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, UNICEF, and World Health Organization. I can’t wait until there are no more HIV-positive orphans for me to advocate for! Here are some video reports.

UNICEF has released a statement which states an “HIV-free generation is achievable”.

According to latest United Nations data, 370,000 children were born with HIV in 2009.

“This is something we know how to prevent.”

Just over half of all pregnant women infected HIV got the drugs they needed to prevent mother-to-child transmission in 2009, compared with 45 percent in 2008.

Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization, said there was now “strong evidence that elimination of mother-to-child transmission is achievable.”

In a separate statement before world AIDS day on December 1, the UNAIDS director Michel Sidibe said: “Nothing gives me more hope than knowing that an AIDS-free generation is possible in our lifetime.”

’20 20′ – ABC News

Born HIV Free Achievements of the Campaign to Move us Toward an HIV free Generation

UNICEF – Children and HIV and AIDS – ‘Children and AIDS Fifth Stocktaking Report’ launched

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Fabulous Giveaway w/ more than 100 Prizes to Raise Money for Grant

Adeye, otherwise known as No Greater Joy Mom is hosting a fabulous giveaway which includes fantastic prizes such as a new Kindle, $100 Amazon gift card, $50 and $100 Gift Certificates, artwork, jewelry, Vera Bradley bag, quilts, girls clothing and accessories, and tons of other stuff – more than 100 prizes total. She is raising funds for an adoption grant for Vanya with HIV in Ukr*ine, to help him find an adoptive family. The giveaway ends April 13th, so CHECK IT OUT, spread the word and enter to help Vanya and win some fantastic prizes! It’s very easy to enter – even a $1 donation or blogging about the giveaway will get you entered into the giveaway.  At the time of this writing, Adeye has raised $7,000 with a goal of $20K.

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Sponsor Needed for 2 Year Old Boy in Uganda

This little boy and his family can be sponsored through Awaka Children’s Foundation

This is Edward Segawa. He is 2 years old. His father has abandoned the family. His mother is HIV+ and Edward is positive as well. Your sponsorship would mean that Edward and his mother could receive ARVs and the other medical treatment they need to survive. It would also provide them with better food to speed their recovery. It is clear from his distended belly and light hair that Edward is suffering from malnutrition. Sponsors are crucial for families such as this to avoid this little boy from becoming orphaned.

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Ben Banks Video

Ben Banks was diagnosed with cancer when he was two years old. The same blood that saved his life also gave him HIV. Today he is a survivor. Meet the Banks family.

Thanks Suzan!

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