On Sunday, Father’s Day here in America, but Monday in Russia, two men will determine if thousands of Russian orphans will grow up in a family or in an institution. Hundreds of them had already met their families. Many of these precious orphaned children are living with HIV. In fact, at least 20 Russian orphans with HIV had American families in process to adopt them when the adoption ban went into effect.
The G8 Summit is in a few days and although our Congress and Senate have been AMAZING help to families in the adoption process, President Obama has yet to respond. If you would like to write him a note to let him know this matters to you and that it needs to matter to him, that would be great! The link to his correspondence page is below, just click and fill in the info. I placed my comment in the Subject that says Administration at the very bottom under Non Policy Comments. This only takes 2 minutes of your time.
Here is a sample comment, although it is always best to personalize:
Dear President Obama,
I am saddened to know that you have yet to respond to letters written to you about the Russian Adoption Ban that 170 Members of Congress and the Senate have, in a rare show of UNIFIED support, signed requesting your involvement in finding a solution to reuniting the Russian orphans that were promised homes with American families. Please make sure this item makes it on your agenda and is discussed with President Putin at the Summit Meeting. Take just one moment and think of the love you had for Malia and Sasha the moment they were placed in your arms. Now think how you would feel if after holding them and loving on them for days, they were taken from you. Your heart would break as it is now for many American families. I know several of those families, all of which were in the process of adopting children with disabilities such as Down Syndrome and HIV. These are children who may never know the love of a family if they remain in Russian orphanages. It is an urgent human rights matter that Russian orphans with disabilities have the opportunity to be adopted by Americans and other international families.
The Summit meeting is fast approaching. Please make sure this item makes it on your agenda and is discussed with President Putin at the Summit Meeting.
Other ways you can help:
‘Like’ 300 Broken Promises on FB to support the families in process.
Support The Dark Matter of Love film campaign and video.
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.
There are many babies and toddlers in RU who are registered for international adoption. However, they cannot be adopted by Americans at this time. If you are outside the US and are not American, please use the contact form indicating your country, as well as the gender and age of the child you hope to adopt. Updated photolistings will be sent to you. The babies and toddlers have a confirmed HIV-positive diagnosis. They have access to good medical care. There are many others waiting, these are just a few. Please use the contact form for additional info.
Pauline was born in August 2013
Character hair brown, eyes blue. Calm, smiling, she loves the attention of an adult. Lying on his stomach, holding her head, flips, grabs toys, treats them. Smiling in response to emotional communication with her singsong coo.
Darin was born March 2013
This is an active, sociable, inquisitive little girl. She is very attracted to people like children and adults. Sleep and appetite Darinka good girl develops in accordance with the age, enjoys playing with toys, rocking a doll.
Xenia was born July 2014
Svetlana was born November 2014
She is developing according to her age. She sleeps soundly and eats fine. She is a serious and thoughtful girl.
He often ran up to the door,
he heard steps … – he is waiting.
The boy firmly believes –
Once MAMA looking for, then find.
In bed, eyes closing,
to dispel any worries of the day,
as he repeats the prayer:
-Mamulechka, find me …
in the pockets of hidden candy,
flowers for mom collected.
But left unanswered
prayer children in the night.
And yet, with hope and stubborn,
quietly sitting on the window,
The boy draws the word MAMA
He is in RU and cannot be adopted by Americans at this time. When you look at him, once you see how he is growing into a handsome and tall man. The children in children’s homes grow up too fast – they have no children’s problems… but he is still very young, only 6 years! And he is clever, detailed, beautiful eyes, and just a nice kid with which you can not remain indifferent. He’s intelligent, fairly well developed (no mental delays) and smart. He really needs a mom. His biological mother was deprived of parental rights and the biological father is unknown. He has been in the system for a long time, from infancy. He has an older sister, born in 2004 who is currently residing with an aunt (who refused the boy). He has status for international adoption.
Many additional photos available.
Newest photo with the orange shirt and description is from December 12, 2017. She cannot be adopted by Americans or Canadians at this particular time. Please share her info with adoption advocates in Europe.
She is affectionate, sociable, attentive, loves music and physical education classes, video of the child is posted on the site changeonelife.ru
Her biological mother has passed away and her biological father is unknown. She has one or more siblings and they may be adopted together or separately.
The photo with the blue bows and description below is from May 2016. Earlier photograph from January 2016. This little girl is described as being affectionate, sociable and attentive. She is fond of music and fitness classes. Additional photos available.
The video is from 2014 when she was 4 or 5. She had a speech delay at that time – very normal for orphanage kids: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=85&v=etYlS01aHes
‘Jade’ (previously ‘Lola’) was born August 2009. She has a confirmed HIV positive diagnosis and she is registered for international adoption. The director of her baby house says that she is a normally developing child and that she is much prettier than in this photo. Her character is described as being ‘whimsical’.
1st trip, Both parents for 5-7 days
Wait 2-3 months for court
2nd trip, both parents for 5 days for court, both go home
3rd and 4th trip are short, only one parent has to travel
Married couples and single mothers may apply
This little girl was born in January 2006. She is tall and thin and she is described as being a shy and calm girl. She does not have any siblings. Additional photos are available.
Single women or married couples can adopt this beautiful girl. The mother should not be more than 45 years older than the child. She is in one of the more challenging regions to adopt from but she is worth it!
Three American adoption agencies Bethany Christian Services, La Vida International and Spence Chapin have announced pilot international adoption programs in South Africa. These agencies have experience with special needs adoptions. La Vida has indicated that they are working with LGBT individuals, couples and families to adopt orphans with HIV from South Africa.
South Africa signed an international convention on inter-country adoptions
Acres of Love
The Love of Christ Children’s Home
South Africa to Treat all HIV-positive Babies 
This little girl was born June 2011 to an HIV+ birthmother. The children in her region are monitored for 18 months before a diagnosis is given to the child, so we are unsure at this time if Paloma is positive or not. If she is not, she will most likely be adopted by a citizen of her country or by a foreign family who has been on the waiting list for a healthy child referral. If she ends up being + she will go on RR. She does not have any siblings. She was born early, but has not had any problems associated with premature birth. Her nannies say that she is a calm girl. Baby photo also available. Multiple unrelated children can be adopted simultaneously from her region and there are some adorable little boys waiting. Married couples and Single Mothers can adopt. No more than 6 children in the home. Applicants should be no more than 45 years older than the child. Three trips are required. Total program fees about $35K.
‘Drew’ was born June 2008 and ‘Lila’ was born April 2007. They are biological siblings in need of an adoptive family.
These two cuties are very interesting, lively, charming, smiling. They are very attached to each other. The brother is described as having a ‘relaxed’ nature. The sister is described as having a ‘calm’ nature. It is unclear at this time if one or both of the children is living with HIV. Additional photos are available.