7 Questions to Ask Before Adopting a Child with HIV/AIDS
There are children in both the US and abroad with HIV or AIDs waiting to be adopted. The miracle of medications has made HIV a mostly manageable chronic disease, but not every family is cut out to raise a child with HIV. Are you? Answer these questions to find out.
- Are you willing and do you have the time to become informed about the realities of raising a child with HIV/AIDS? Education is a must and it takes time.
- Do you have medical resources near you that specialize in the treatment of HIV/AIDS?
- Are you organized and disciplined enough to make sure that your child takes her medication on time every day? It’s not a hard medication routine, but it does require consistency.
- Have you considered the time demands of parenting a child with a chronic illness? While HIV/AIDS is often well controlled with medication, it still requires regular visits to a doctor.
- Have you considered the negative stigma that continues to surround children with this virus? Are you willing to advocate for your child?
- Who will you tell about your child’s HIV status? By law, families are not required to disclose the HIV status of a child to schools or daycare centers; however, you may choose to tell people for any number of reasons. You need to spend the time before you adopt considering the advantages and disadvantages of disclosure.
- Are you able to push back your fear and open your heart to one of the thousands of kids with HIV currently waiting in the US and abroad for adoption?
Other Creating a Family resources you will find helpful:
- Adopting Lily: An HIV Adoption Story (video)
- Adopting and Raising a Child with HIV (Creating a Family Radio Show)
- Adopting a Child with HIV: Who Do You Tell? (article/blog)