Taiwan News: Infant with HIV awaiting adoption

Posted: March 28, 2009 in Adoption, Taiwan
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I came across this article about a five-month-old boy in Taiwan awaiting adoption – he’s an HIV-carrier.  I was a little surprised by the part of the article where it says it takes two to three years to the complete international adoption process. . .really?  As I understand it, the process once a child is matched should only take about six months.  Perhaps the orphanage is taking into consideration the child’s special needs and the time it will take to find a family:

“As the center is aware that it will be difficult to get Heibao adopted in Taiwan because of the prejudices about AIDS and adoption harbored by many Taiwanese, it has decided to put the infant on a waiting list for adoption by people from abroad, even though it knows that adoption procedures usually take at least two to three years before a baby can be adopted and travel to his or her new home overseas, Chiu said. Despite being HIV-positive, Heibao is presently healthy and developing normally on a daily drug cocktail therapy, Chiu added.” — Read the full article at eTaiwanNews.com, March 27, 2009

  1. Misty says:

    Maybe they are talking about the entire process from start to finish. You know…getting all the prelim paperwork complete, stuck on the waitintg list forever, all the final court proceedings.

  2. Sarah says:

    I figure that the reporter isn’t understanding of the process for international families. Yes, many families wait 2-3 years to complete the adoption, but it is often completed about 6 months after the child is matched with a family.

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