Eastern Europe Waiting Child – Boy

This little boy is 4 years old (August 2006). He is living with HIV. He also has CP but he walks and runs. He is happy, outgoing and always has a smile on his face. He was transferred to the older child internat in August 2011. A recent adoptive family that met him says he is a “total sweetheart”. He is loved by the caregivers and he is always, always smiling.  Additional photos available.

The baby house provides very good medical care and the children have access to ARVs. It is an easy adoption-friendly region. The children are able to play outside. Nutrition is basic although the children get fresh fruit for a snack. The children appear to be healthy and the nannies are caring.

Waiting Child Video

This little boy is waiting for a family. He was born August 2007 and is at risk of being transferred away from the baby house. He is living with HIV. Not only is he handsome, but he is calm, curious and friendly. He speaks in sentences. When playing, he can complete a series of successive operations, matches objects, knows the different colors, builds a compound with a house, gate and bench. His self-care skills are fully developed: he eats carefully using the correct utensils, brushes his own teeth, and he dresses himself although he needs help with buttons and shoelaces.  Photos available.

Urgent Plea for Little Girl w/ HIV & CP

It is believed this photo is of a little girl named Irina taken in 2006 when she was nearly 3 years old. We think she was born in December 2003.
An article from December 1, 2006 states: “Now urgent problem with one of our patients Irina who is nearly 3 years old. She is HIV-positive but she does not need special treatment; the virus can sleep in her body for many years (this may mean she is a slow-progressor). It was disturbing her underlying disease – cerebral palsy and she needs a qualified neurological treatment which we cannot provide in our hospital. The children with this pathology go to the orphanage for children with central nervous system damage and mental disturbances (“the mental institute”). We are working in this direction but it’s hard to say how long the girl will be in our center. Frankly, we are scared to send the child to people suffering from phobias about HIV. It is excusable for an uneducated man, but should never be in health care workers. A year ago, she held her head badly, could not sit there and just not realized was smiling, but now she crawls, stands, leans on the barrier and is beginning to talk. The children at the hospital are loved, they are neatly dressed and well-trimmed” (see younger picture).
The hospital she was in at the time of the article seems to be a decent place, but it looks like she has been transferred to the mental institute. It is our hope to find a special family very soon who can help her with HIV and CP, and also with any emotional help she may need.
According to the article, there are other children in this region with HIV who are also in need of adoptive parents. The other HIV+ child specifically mentioned in the article is a boy named Sergey who we believe to be younger than Irina, but born before December 1, 2006. There is also a boy born May 2008 in this region.
Please feel free to copy and paste this information in to any of your groups, social media, blogs, etc to help find a family for this little girl. This is her only chance.
*Update – new photo from Summer 2012. 

2 Year Old Boy with HIV needs Adoptive Family

This adorable 2 year old boy is active, curious and affectionate. He is enthusiastic about games and entertainment. He enjoys babbling and uses single words. His vocabulary is rapidly expanding and he understands almost everything. He walks, can partially undress with a little help from an adult and can eat and drink by himself.  He was born March 2009.

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.

Beautiful Toddler Girl – Orphan with HIV

This beautiful little 3 year old girl was born December 2007. She is a cheerful toddler described as being inquisitive and active. She focuses on her activities for long stretches of time and plays with concentration and interest. She says words and sentences and has learned some rhymes. She loves doing puzzles. One of her favorite games is “Mothers and Daughters” sometimes pretending she is the mother and sometimes pretending she has a mother. She also likes to pay “Barbershop” and she styles the hair of all the dolls. She is active and she runs, jumps and steps over obstacles. She eats carefully, enjoys using her utensils and napkin, brushes her teeth, looks after her own appearance and dresses herself although she cannot yet fasten buttons.

International Adoption from the PHILIPPINES

Special needs international adoption

According to Madison Adoption Associates, international families are needed for waiting children with HIV. Single men, single women and married couples may adopt. According to adoption.state.gov, the adoptive parent must be at least 27 years of age and at least 16 years older than the child to be adopted at the time of the application. The maximum age gap between the adoptive parent and the child and the child to be adopted must not exceed 45 years. Check the agency websites for further guidelines. Another agency to consider is Hand In Hand which has done many HIV adoptions from a different country or Children of All Nations. There are other American agencies working in the Philippines as well.

If you are in Canada, try Formons Une Famille adoption agency which is currently processing special needs requests.  Formons Une Famille Philippines Yahoo Group (Canada) and Adoption_Phillipines (in French).

Little Boy with HIV – Photolisting

Vadim was born in 2001. He lives in an orphanage in Ukraine. He is HIV-positive. He was living with a single mother in a foster-care situation with the intention of becoming an adoptive family but the foster-mother got married and had a baby and decided not to adopt Vadim even though he was expecting it. Obviously he was very hurt by this. He did not adjust well to the new situation and began acting aggressively for more attention so now he is living in an orphanage. He also has some learning issues (probably ADD). He would do best in a home where he is an only child or the youngest child. Costs to adopt Vadim are in the $22K-$25K range which includes in-country fees, travel, lodging, passport, visa.

Read more about Vadim on Eli Project, The Heart of the Matter and on this blog.

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.


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.


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.