Adopting a child with HIV/AIDS

HIV

A few months ago I was looking at adoption blogs and came across a mother who has adopted children who are HIV positive. I was touched by this woman’s heart, and I admire her and what she has done.

Have you ever considered adopting a child with HIV or AIDS? If the answer is yes, or if this is something new to you and sparks interest, The University of Chicago Adoption Center offers educational videos on adopting children who are HIV positive.

The video they provide debunked several myths that I believed about HIV and AIDS. Here is some of what the short, ten minute video says:

  • Being diagnosed with HIV DOES NOT mean a person will be diagnosed with AIDS.
  • HIV is most commonly transferred through sexual behaviors or sharing needles with an infected person.
  • With medication management, a healthy lifestyle, and consistent treatment, HIV infected children are living well into adulthood.
  • Many insurance plans cover care for HIV.
  • The video gives an overview of medications available.

The University of Chicago Adoption Center (UCAC) offers assistance to adoptive families. UCAC can assist with both pre-adoption and post-adoption evaluations and assessments, and provide in-country consultation when necessary.

UCAC also provides educational videos on adopting children with various special needs.

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