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.
‘Jackie’ is a 13 year old girl waiting for an adoptive family in Hong Kong. She is a cheerful, pleasant and friendly girl who has good conduct and academic performance at school. She receives awards, praises and appreciation from her teachers and staff at the residential home. Her hobbies are playing badminton, cycling and reading. She has her own opinions and can listen to others’ ideas and comments. Jackie is HIV positive. She is being advocated for by A Helping Hand. Potential adoptive parents can sign up for a password to view her photolisting on the agency’s password protected page.
Updated May 2015. Precious ‘Jack’ is now 10 years old. He is waiting for a family in China.
At 6 years old, Jack was described as active and “naughty,” liking to play. He attends school and can prepare his bag and clothes every day. He is said to obey the traffic rules and cares for his little foster sister. Jack is also stated to like making friends and playing with friends. He is said to be able to finish his homework carefully and is independent. His file states that he can put on his clothes, go to the bath, brush his teeth, wash his face and make the bed. He is also said to like to talk, to draw and to do math homework! Apparently wonderful Jack has a “pet phrase.” It is, “I am a little tiger!” So cute! Jack is listed with Lifeline. For more info or to review his file, please email Annie at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can register to see Jack here: http://wonderfulwaitingkids.com/2013/jack-2/
According to RainbowKids.com, Hong Kong has a small yet stable adoption program. The children receive extensive medical care, are well cared for, and live in well maintained child centers. Only children with special needs are available. [Recently, an infant under 12 months and a 13 year old girl with HIV were registered for international adoption; possibly others.] The general age range is 6 months – 15 years. Singles and couples can adopt, and age and family size is flexible. Children may be escorted for families who are unable to travel. For the families that do travel to Hong Kong (recommended), travel is only about 7 days. From the time your dossier is complete until the time of travel is 6-8 months, sometimes shorter. One agency indicates the total time frame start to finish at 12 months when adopting a waiting child. Some American agencies working in Hong Kong are A Helping Hand, Dillon International, Lifeline Children’s Services, Bethany Christian Services and All Blessings International. Of those 4 agencies, Bethany Christian Services has the most experience with HIV adoption and partners with three accredited agencies in Hong Kong. A Helping Hand is known to advocate for waiting children with HIV in Hong Kong.
UPDATE. The children who were featured in this post are no longer waiting. For more current information about waiting children with HIV in Uganda, contact SisterHaiti.com.
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.”