Positive adopting

In recent years there has been a shift in the profile of children being put up for adoption. The initial impetus to this occurred in 1993,  after the establishment of the Hague Adoption Convention. Participating countries focused their meisjeattention on the interests and the rights of the child. This included the condition that a child can only be put up for international adoption when no real family, foster or adoption family can be found in the country of origin.

Special needs
In the years following, the number of children able to stay in the country of origin increased. However, most of these consisted of healthy children. 'Special needs' children  -  those having a medical history  -  are still today relatively more often put up for adoption abroad. This is due to the inability to find a home in the country of origin. This also includes children with HIV. In most countries HIV is still taboo and medical care is often insufficient. This means that many children with HIV do not have a good future in their country of origin.

This brochure aims to offer support to prospective adoptive parents who are considering adopting a child with HIV and to help them decide on what questions to ask. It is clear that prospective adoptive parents have a great need for comprehensive information on HIV and living with a child who has HIV.

An important issue for prospective adoptive parents is openness about HIV. Many struggle with the question if thirugtass decision should be left to the child or if they themselves should make that decision for their child. Few people know that disclosing the HIV status of a child is not required. People still mistakenly believe that they have a moral duty to inform their child - care centre, school or sports club. Parents are not required to disclose their child's HIV status; they, themselves can decide who to tell and who not to tell. When this is done by a third party it can be considered a violation of the child's privacy.

Online available
This brochure (pdf - a summary of the Dutch brochure Positief geadopteerd) is not only intended for prospective adoptive parents, but for all who are involved, including: family members, neighbours, friends, youth counsellors and professionals. Attention is given to personal stories and experiences since there is a great demand for this. In addition, objective medical information is also presented. Adopting a child is not an easy decision. Adopting a child with HIV demands even a little bit more. We hope that this guide will provide good support.

You can get Positive adopting by ordering it  from the Servicepunt of the Hiv Vereniging (Dutch HIV Association): 020 - 689 25 77, 2 PM – 10 PM Mon, Tues and Thurs. This is the Dutch version, including the English summary.


Hiv Vereniging Nederland

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020 689 25 77

For questions about living with HIV. Available monday, tuesday and thursday from 2 PM till 10 PM

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