Well, actually, I’m going to let this video say it.
There are a lot of kids that wait for families who will not be adopted because they are HIV-positive. I believe this is in large part due to fear. I know that the reason HIV-positive was on our short list of things we weren’t ready for was because of fear and uncertainty and the stigma we knew our child would face. We asked ourselves, “Would we adopt only to have to watch our child die?” That’s an incredibly frightening prospect. And then the other question, “Would people be willing to interact with our child and allow their children to play with our child if they were to somehow discover the diagnosis?” For our area of the country–and maybe many areas of the country–we felt the answer would often be no. And we didn’t want to give our daughter that kind of a life. So I’m passing this video on to educate others. Our friends, our family, our community, the Western world at large. I would very much like to be open to adopting an HIV-positive child in the future. I am open to adopting an HIV-positive child in the future. I just need some other people to ditch the fear and jump on that wagon with me.
So I’m asking you to help. Please spread the word by linking to this video and to ProjectHopeful.org. Because every child deserves to grow up in a family. Every child. Not just the perfectly healthy ones.