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HIV is a virus that claims many innocent lives when children do not have access to antiretroviral medications. Fortunately, it is treatable and the children who have access to medication and adhere to their treatment can live indefinitely without developing AIDS and can live long and full lives. HIV is now considered a chronic but manageable disease, even easier to treat than pediatric diabetes.

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 intravenously (such as used needles and blood transfusions).

Children born to women with the virus have a chance of becoming HIV positive due to mother-to-child-transmission. These children are innocent carriers of the virus. The children you see below are currently living in institutions. Sadly, if they end up aging out of institutional life, there is a high likelihood they will be ill on the streets in a life of crime.

Recent laws in the US and Canada allow for these children to be adopted. Being in a loving family helps them access medical care and gives them the opportunity to have a normal, healthy, productive life. They can go to college, get married, give birth to healthy babies and live long enough to meet their grandchildren.

Here is an overview of the medical aspects of living with a child with HIV.

PLEASE HELP US raise grant funds and awareness for these precious, waiting angels. You really can save a life, with even the smallest gift! You can make a Paypal donation or send a check (no Paypal fees) to: Reece’s Rainbow, PO Box 4024, Gaithersburg, MD 20885. Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each waiting child donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund as well!

Devan

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Boy, born January 2009
HIV, astigmatism, crossed eyes, developmental delays

 

Devan is a very nice boy.

From an adoptive family who met him in early 2014: “This is my sons good friend in his groupa. He is so loyal and all boy in a good way. When we were visiting our son, he was upset that he (my son) didn’t get to be a part of the celebration that was going on. So he asked my son if he wanted one of the back pack things that they were letting the children play with. This treasure went and asked another kid if he could please let my son have a turn. He then took it off the child’s back and put it on my son. He really is such a gem. Not too much and not too little from what I have been able to see.”

 

$9.90 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

Donations are tax deductible.

Juan Diego

photoboyBoy, born 2009
CO-HSA
HIV+

Juan Diego was born to his biological mother who was presumably HIV+ in 2009.  After a cesarean birth, both he and his mother were very sick. Juan Diego soon after had pneumonia and diarrhea. The newborn was hospitalized for specialized care due to his having a high reading of HIV. He was officially diagnosed as being HIV positive with vertical transmission. The biological father visited one time and lamented his fear of losing his son (He had previously had three children with a different woman. These children were also given for adoption). While baby Juan Diego was in the hospital initially, the biological mother called frequently visited to check on him but she was unable to communicate effectively and eventually stopped calling. Finally, the declaration was made that the birth father had abandoned the birth mother, who went back to live with her immediate family to get medical attention.

As of the final months in 2012, sweet Juan Diego was short and had a low weight for his age. All of this due to his illness and time spent on hospitalization/medical attention, he had low muscle tone and low coordination. Though still unstable, he is able to walk and shows clear right-handedness. He is able to focus on activities but is more able to engage in games and other activities when led by an adult or when playing with others. He likes to play make-believe with figurines (also displayed in an available picture of him). He presents as very shy but this is likely exacerbated by his delayed communication skills. He expresses his feelings well and smiles often.

He is receiving ongoing antiretroviral therapy and takes medication for hay fever.

This sweet little boy just had his 4th birthday at his children’s home at the beginning of June 2013. This adoption agency only has Juan Diego’s file for advocacy for one month until his file could move on.  Because we only have this child’s file for a short time, he will not be able to receive donations until a family is found for him.

Photo available from the agency, for serious inquiries.


 

The Reece’s Rainbow Prayer Warrior Ministry was created with three goals in mind:

  1. To lift the daily needs of each waiting child up in prayer
  2. To lift Reece’s Rainbow up in prayer
  3. To lift the families whom God is preparing for each waiting child up in prayer

 

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