Pre-teen boy in Eastern Europe ~ Special Needs Adoption Opportunity

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Andrew2001 (2)This boy was born in 2001. These photos were taken in February 2012. He is located in a country in Eastern Europe which allows older parents and larger families to adopt. Couples must be married to adopt this child. An parent who adopted a child in his orphanage spent 2 months there and she is advocating for the boy and is available to speak to potential adoptive parents. “He is a kind, quiet boy who seems to have a sweet nature about him. He has a limp arm of some sort. There is a good chance he is HIV positive. His best friend is being adopted and he will be lonely at the orphanage.”

Little Boy Born in 2006 Desperately Wants Family

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.

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.

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

RainbowKids.com – Waiting Child Photolistings

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

3 year old Girl & 2 year old Boy

Children’s Home Society & Family Services is looking for families for 2 unrelated Caucasian children. Log in to Rainbow Kids before clicking the links below to see the listings then contact the agency directly for photos.

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Girl. Date of birth October 2007. This little pixie has bright eyes and short brown hair. She is a child with HIV waiting for a loving and supportive home. Single women and married couples may adopt her. Applicants should be between the ages of 25-55 with no serious health concerns and no mental health issues. Very minimal criminal history. No restriction on the number of children in the home.

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Boy. Date of birth November 30, 2008. This little peanut has huge brown eyes with long eyelashes. He’s a child with HIV waiting for a loving and supportive home. He needs a family very soon. Single women and married couples can adopt. Applicants should be between 25-55 with no serious health concerns and no mental health issues. Very minimal criminal history. No restriction on the number of children in the home.