Friday, August 12, 2011

Rough start, bright future

Lianne was born with Down Syndrome. She was also born to a mom who was HIV+. All children born to moms who are HIV+ have antibodies for the virus in the blood, and looking for these antibodies is how doctors determine whether a person has HIV. But after 18 months or so, babies of HIV+ mothers will usually stop testing positive unless their mother passed the infection to them (which is rare with proper medical treatment to prevent transmission at birth). Lianne now tests negative for HIV--lucky for her! She will not need any medication to control HIV now, and it will be one less thing for her family to worry about. Lianne is probably between 18 months and 2 years old--still very young.

Do you have a place in your heart for a sweet little girl with a rough start and a bright future if you adopt her? She has so much learning and growing ahead of her. Wouldn't you like to be a part of that? She doesn't ever need to be transferred to an institution.

Being abandoned by your parents, raised in an orphanage by hired workers, and sometimes transferred to a mental institution is a rough start to life. But if you adopt Lianne--or any of these kids--they have such a bright future. Will you give this little girl the family and the hope she deserves?

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