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Adopting HIV+ orphans

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This is something that has been weighing very heavily on my heart lately….

Of course my preference is to have a healthy infant girl for my next adoption….But is that what God wants?

This has SERIOUSLY been pressing on my heart. I have even signed up to be re-certified to be a foster parent and I feel specifically led to help HIV+ foster kids….


And yesterday I received this to post on my Yahoo groups:

I am not a member of your Yahoo group, but I am an advocate for HIV positive orphans in need of permanent loving families. I am hoping that you will please consider posting this information to your group if you think it would be of interest to your group members.

There are many HIV positive orphans waiting for families in Haiti, Ethiopia, Uganda, Ghana and Congo right now. All of these adoption programs allow single men and single women to adopt as well as couples.

Raising a child with HIV involves daily medication to keep their immune systems strong and quarterly doctors visits to be sure the medicine is keeping the amount of virus in the bloodstream down to undetectable levels. Otherwise, HIV+ children are exactly the same as HIV- children and they live long, healthy, productive, happy lives. They can go to college and give birth to healthy babies in the future if they so decide. Children with HIV are not a risk to anyone else and there have been no documented cases of transmission in a household, educational, sporting or other casual environment since ARV meds were introduced 15 years ago.

The reason I am contacting your group about these children is because I feel that ALL orphans with HIV are deserving of a family and I am trying to advocate for these kids to various communities including the HIV+ community, the African American community and the single parent community. Currently, 99% of families adopting children with HIV are part of the Christian community and my goal is to spread awareness to others who may not yet know that adopting children with HIV is an option.

I will be happy to answer any questions that your group members may have. My email address is info@PositivelyOrphaned.org. You can find lots of additional information about HIV adoption on my site www.PositivelyOrphaned.org. If you would like to see some of the adorable children in need of families, please see the Waiting Children page and the Children Waiting for Families post category. I will also attach a few pictures for you to preview.

Thank you so much.

Bethany
PositivelyOrphaned.org

Again you guys know I don’t believe in coincidences. I have even posted about this before iust recently.  Apart of me  (my flesh) is like can I handle this? But the other part of me (my heart) feels a tug a pull, almost a call or a demand from God to adopt an HIV positive child or children………

Lord I know you will guide me…..

2 Comments

  1. Bethany on June 18, 2010 at 12:27 am

    I wanted to comment to correct the country programs above. The countries which allow singles to adopt HIV positive children include: Colombia, the Congo, Uganda, Jamaica, Latvia, Ethiopia, India, Russia, Thailand, and sometimes Ghana. The countries which allow couples include all of the above as well as Haiti and Ukraine.

  2. Kim Christ on July 10, 2013 at 12:03 am

    Just an information question. We are very attached to a little Colombian HIV positive orphan we are hosting this summer. We have a large family – although most are grown now. We have adopted special needs domestically, we have adopted internationally, we have 2 children for several years through foster care that will stay forever but due to their individual circumstances, they are not able to be legally adopted. They are our children in every other way. My question is that is their special help, time wise and financially if a family adopts an HIV positive child? Are some requirements waived (i am 57, my husband is 55, our little orphan friend is almost 9? Is HIV considered a special needs child?
    VAgue questions I know, just trying to gather information. –

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