Tuesday, November 03, 2009

A Little Late, But Still VERY Important and Newsworthy

On Friday, if you haven't already heard, a VERY important thing happened in our country.

For many who are adopting internationally it is a long, tedious, paper-filled, and expensive process. All to bring home a little one into a family. But for those adopting children with HIV, this process was made even longer. Not only were they required to submit additional paperwork, but additional money to process the paperwork, and the children were then labeled differently and treated differently upon arrival to the states. But even though those things were bad enough, the worst part was the extended time it took to get these children home. Simply because they were HIV positive.

If you don't know by now, HIV is managable, more manageable than diabetes. It's considered purely a chronic disease. We have easily accessible medications and treatments. It's "nothing." Really. But in many many countries the stigma, the fear, the ignorance is still there. Many countries see these children as lepers. Outcasts who will die. Who would want them??? They are children. God's children. Children who didn't ask for this thing called HIV. Children who can live normal, healthy lives, if given the opportunity.

And thanks to many behind the scenes faces, this happened on Friday...

"President Obama announced on Friday, October 30 2009, that the travel ban into the United States by individuals with HIV would be lifted. Kathleen G. Sebelius, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, stated earlier today “we will publish a rule in the Federal Register announcing that the United States will drop HIV from the list of diseases barring visitors from entering this country, effective Jan. 1, 2010.” "The lifting of this ban will eliminate the filing of a 601-waiver application for children who are HIV positive and adopted by U.S. citizens."

Hip, Hip, HOORAY!!!


Praise the Lord!!!!
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I am a single mom to four amazing kids; each of whom just happen to have been adopted. The first three were adopted through foster care, and we just completed an international adoption from Haiti. Our family has grown through adoption and I am all the more blessed to know each of my children. I worship a mighty God, teach Special Ed, love bargains, and am inspired by Pinterest... come along with us for the ride!

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Braeden - 11

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What you should know about HIV

-HIV can NOT be spread through casual/household contact. HIV is not spread through hugging, kissing, shaking hands, sharing toys, sneezing, coughing, sharing food, sharing drinks, bathing, swimming or any other casual way. It has been proven that HIV and AIDS can only be spread through sexual contact, birth, breastfeeding and blood to blood contact (such as sharing needles). - HIV is now considered a chronic but manageable disease. With treatment, people who are HIV+ can live indefinitely without developing AIDS and can live long and full lives. - People who are HIV+ deserve to be treated with love, respect, support and acceptance as all people do. Additional information on transmission of HIV can be found on the Center for Disease Control website: http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/resources

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Little did I know that the road would be so rocky
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Little did I know that my heart could hurt so much
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Little did I know that my heart, so large, could grow

Little did I know that a dream has it’s own timing
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Little did I know that they would choose to call me mom

But God knew all along and He had a plan to follow
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