When agency staff met toddler “V”, she showed age-appropriate caution with strangers during the meeting. She was observed to be focused, reserved, calm and very attached to her caregiver. A preschool teacher comes into the home to teach her age group; she has a vocabulary of about 3 words, follows simple commands, and can run and jump. She likes to play with dolls, balls and other children. “V” has HIV and has slight institutionalized delays, which are improving. Please reference ID H15-13. Eligible families may qualify for a grant through CH/LSS and Brittany’s Hope Foundation.
Agency staff describe “G” as a really cute and fun little girl with an awesome personality. Her favorite place to go is to the park and her favorite food is chocolate! She likes to play ball and the movie Tangled. She was able to answer questions appropriately during the meeting and gave some answers in English. She has HIV and has some scarring on her eye which does not allow for it to shut completely. There are no health or vision concerns related to her eye. “G” aspires to be a doctor when she grows up! Please reference ID H15-16 to learn more about “G” born in 2008. Eligible families may qualify for a grant through CH/LSS and Brittany’s Hope Foundation in addition to a $5,000 Child Specific Grant.
Agency staff had the privilege of meeting five-year-old “H” and she appeared to be happy and healthy. She enjoys going to the park and playing with bikes, dolls and balls. During the observation, she answered questions with some answers in English, colored, sang Twinkle Twinkle with hand gestures and greeted staff with “hello” and “thank you”. “H” attends a Montessori-type school where children advance at their own pace. “H” hopes to be a teacher someday. “H” has HIV and it is managed with medication. Please reference ID H15-12. Eligible families may qualify for a grant through CH/LSS and Brittany’s Hope Foundation.
There are children of all ages waiting in this country. Please contact the Waiting Child Program at Children’s Home & LSS
From Children’s Home Society:
During a recent trip to several regions of India, we had the opportunity to meet many children who are waiting for adoptive families. There are children of all ages waiting who are HIV positive, and there is a large need for adoptive families to provide them a home. We had the privilege of spending time with several of the children, who were able to color pictures to represent themselves, and who told us about their favorite things. They are children who want to be “a teacher,” “a doctor” or “a nurse” when they grow up; who love to eat “pineapple” and “chocolate;” and to watch the “Princess Barbie movie,” and “Cars” with their friends at the orphanage. The children enjoyed singing for us; singing the “ABCs” in English, and other songs they have learned, such as “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.” Each child, filled with potential, waits for a family who can look past the social stigma of their need and open their home to a new family member.
The prevalence of HIV in India is decreasing, but it continues to impact many citizens. It is reported that there are an estimated 2.1 million people living with HIV in India. While there are programs to assist in decreasing the rate of infection, there continues to be mother-to-child transmission of HIV, and it was estimated that 13,000 children in India were born with HIV in 2013. Although there have been many medical advances that have made living with HIV – a manageable condition with regular medication, people with HIV continue to face stigma in India. As a result, the best opportunity for waiting children with HIV to be matched with families is through international adoption.
The adoption landscape in India has experienced many positive changes lately. Over the last several years India has been developing an online system through which licensed adoption agencies are able to review the information of waiting children, and match prospective adoptive families who are approved by CARA (the central authority in India) to waiting children. Additionally, in August of 2015 India implemented new adoption laws allowing more licensed childcare facilities/orphanages where children fit the legal orphan status to take part in the adoption process. Therefore, more children’s paperwork is being completed, and many children are waiting on the online system to be matched with approved prospective adoptive families. Every day, we see children who are HIV positive waiting for adoptive families in India on the online system.
We sincerely hope that you will take a moment to consider adopting a child living with HIV from India, and encourage you to visit our India Program page to learn more. If you would like to learn more about parenting a child with HIV, we have a free, recorded webinar available that speaks to a medical professional and adoptive parent about bringing home a child living with HIV. We would also be happy to discuss the possibility of adoption with you (email@example.com; 800.952.9302).
Watch a recording of a webinar “India Program: New Opportunities in 2016“
Across The World Adoptions in seeking an adoptive family for a 5 year old girl living with HIV in Latin America. A photograph is available. The girl’s mother has recently died of AIDS related illness. 20 children from Honduras were placed in American families in 2014. This is a pilot program for ATWA. Contact Melinda@atwakids.org
There is a little boy in Eastern Europe who is 7 years old and living with HIV. He is in need of an adoptive family. He is described as a sweet and calm child and pretty healthy with the exception of HIV. The agency prefers someone that is currently working on their homestudy or already has a homestudy, but they will also consider those who are ready to begin a homestudy. The agency wants to find a loving home for this child. For additional information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
“Patty” (9) is a beautiful young girl from Eastern Europe with a lot of spunk. She is HIV positive and experienced a rough early family life. She is very talkative and does well in school. She is a cheerful and strong-willed girl who knows what she wants! She is in need of a loving forever family! To inquire more about adopting Patty please email Jill at email@example.com from Children’s House International. Her country does not allow photos to be published; please contact the agency photo photographs.
Great news for LGBT individuals, couples and families hoping to adopt HIV+ orphans internationally.
La Vida International adoption agency is working with gay and lesbian men and woman who want to adopt children with HIV from South Africa.
From their website:
We are excited to announce that we are accepting applications for the South Africa Special Needs Program. This program is open to single male and females and married couples. LGBT individuals and couples are welcome to apply.
Most of the children available for adoption are living with HIV and/or some have other moderate to severe special needs. In the last 30 years, living with HIV has changed dramatically and with proper treatment chldren are expected to have a normal life span. HIV has never been transmitted in a normal family living environment. Most orphans have contracted the virus through mother to infant pregnancy, birth or breastfeeding.
The South African government has flexible eligibility guidelines to adopt. These include:
Applicant/s are over the age of 25 (USCIS regulation, South Africa only requires that you be over age 18)
While there is no official cut off age, applicants age 50 and over will be accepted by Wandisa on a case-by-case basis
Applicants must be physically and mentally able to care for a child (If there is a significant health concern a doctor’s letter will be required)
Married applicants’ length of marriage should be a minimum of 2 years (at time of dossier submittal)
Applicants with minor criminal histories may be considered.
Male and Female single applicants may also apply
LGBT individuals are invited to apply
UPDATE 2016. Children’s Home | LSS is placing children from Brazil and Mexico with LGBT families. Contact them directly to find out if any children with HIV are waiting
World Association for Children and Parents adoption agency (WACAP) is advocating for a 2 year old boy with HIV in a country in SouthEast Asia. His information can be shared with a family that has a Hague homestudy under way. Contact the WACAP Family Finders team.