The immediate task might be coaxing a toddler into one more swallow of nasty-tasting medication. Longer term, there are tough choices to be made about telling that child — and the surrounding community — why those daily doses may be needed for the rest of his or her life.
While most adoptions present challenges, there's a distinctive set of them facing parents who decide to adopt children living with HIV. A twice-daily medication regimen, lingering prejudice and fear, uncertainty about the child's longevity and marriage prospects.
Yet the number of U.S. parents undertaking HIV adoptions, or seriously considering them, is surging — from a trickle five years ago to at least several hundred. Most involve orphans from foreign countries where they faced stigma, neglect and the risk of early death.
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Adopting HIV-Positive Kids
Compelling article at MSNBC about the growth in the number of U.S. families adopting HIV-positive kids: