A couple of posts ago I mentioned that I am the new Supplies Coordinator for AHOPE. This volunteer job became available because my friend, Erin, who had held this position, was recently hired by AAI to be their HIV+ Adoption Coordinator. Congratulations, Erin!
It is very exciting to see more HIV+ children being adopted. AAI currently has programs in place in Ethiopia, Thailand, and Ghana. Erin has asked friends to spread the word that there are hopeful steps being taken toward a new program in China. To make it really easy for you, I have copied her post below, you can also read it on Erin’s Blog:
This week AAI staff has been in China, and we are being given the wonderful opportunity to facilitate the adoption of an HIV+ child from China, and hopefully start a program where HIV+ children are regularly placed (which would be new to China). There was a big meeting and basically those who are in charge of the orphans in China had no idea that HIV+ children could be treated with medication and be basically healthy. They had no idea that these kids could live long, full lives. They had no idea that HIV was not spread through casual contact, etc.
After some education and explanation, and the AAI staff sharing how over 20 HIV+ kids have now been adopted from Ethiopia, the people in charge in China agreed to “try it”. They gave us the referral of one child, a 20 month old little girl. She is very beautiful and seems to be doing well, although is small for her age. She is developmentally normal and has not been showing any signs of illness. From what we know there are no ARV’s available for Chinese orphans, so getting her home quickly will be important.
We would love to get the word out about this little girl so we can try and find her a home. If we can find a home for her quickly and show the Chinese officials that there are parents who will adopt these children, it could very well open the door for many more HIV+ Chinese orphans to be placed in loving homes in the US instead of dieing in orphanages.
China has been flexible in the past with its guidelines for special needs kids and we believe that they will be flexible for parents adopting HIV+ kids, however for the first case we want a family that meets the guidelines (or is very close) so it isn’t a “stretch”. The guidelines are:
– parents between the ages of 30-55
– married for two years
– income of at least $10,000 a year per family member and net worth of $80,000
– no more than four (maybe five) children in the home
Please feel free to spread this information around anywhere you see fit, especially if any of you have connections with the China adoption community.
Also please share my work contact info with anyone interested, which is firstname.lastname@example.org and 307 248 0530
Thanks for reading.
This post may contain Amazon Affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.