Chicago Tribune Examines "Unexpected Challenges" of Raising HIV-Positive Teens
April 8, 2008
The Chicago Tribune on Sunday examined the "unexpected challenges" that some parents of HIV-positive teenagers face. According to the Tribune, "thousands of parents who adopted" children living with HIV/AIDS in the late 1980s through the mid-1990s "had not planned" on the children surviving into adolescence and adulthood.
There are no data available on how many HIV-positive teens are being raised by adoptive parents, but a 2003 study in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes found that HIV-positive mothers in the U.S. who died between 1980 and 1998 left behind 20,715 HIV-positive children. IDCFS placed about 30 HIV-positive children in adoptive homes in 1989, the first year it worked with the population, according to Specialty Services Administrator Elizabeth Monk. More than 40 children who were placed in adoptive homes died of AIDS-related causes between 1986 and 1996, compared with 17 in the next decade. The most recent recorded death of a child in IDCFS care was in 2004, the Tribune reports (Casillas, Chicago Tribune, 4/6).
This article was provided by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. It is a part of the publication Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report. Visit the Kaiser Family Foundation's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.