Should children with AIDS be available for adoption?
With all my sympathies to the children with AIDS, I submit that the idea or proposal lacks many details that are necessary for consideration before taking a final decision, whether they should be made available for adoption. The proposal as it is, leaves many questions undecided or unanswered.
It is not known whether the children with AIDS are orphans or they have parents. Again it is not known,if the Children with AIDS have parents, they are healthy or they also have AIDS, because if the children with AIDS have parents they must have got the AIDS only from their parents.
It is also not known whether the parents of the children with AIDS are willing for such adoption. Taking the above aspects into consideration and taking certain other legal questions into account, and even assuming the parents of the children with AIDS are willing for adoption,I submit my views as follows.
First of all, it is always good for the child with AIDS to be with their parents to have their affection in a natural way. Both the child and the parents will also mingle with each other without any inhibition. The children with AIDS will find it very difficult to adapt themselves in the adopted family. They will not also have the natural love and affection, which they will have from their parents. On the other hand the children with AIDS will face a kind of ostracism in the adopted family.
Apart from that, in the case of a Hindu family which is willing to take the children with AIDS into adoption, there are many legal impediments in adopting them. First of all both the adopting father and the child with AIDS and the parents of the child should be Hindus. If the proposed child for adoption with AIDS is a boy, the adopting father should not have any other boy child in his family and if the child is a girl, the adopting father should not have any other girl child in the family. The adopting father should take the decision for adoption only after the approval of his spouse. Again, the boy child being taken into adoption should be 15 years older than the adoptive mother and the girl child being taken into adoption should be 15 years older than the adoptive father.
Again the proposed child going to be adopted is having AIDS, it requires to be treated with humane consideration and sympathy etc whose life expectancy is unsure. The child with AIDS needs to be treated just like a normal child and a human being and I strongly doubt the bonafides of the adopting parents who are going to adopt the child with AIDS. Hence it is better to discourage such adoption, if the children with AIDS have parents. If they don’t have parents, I suggest the following option.
I strongly recommend a home for such children with AIDS even at the cost of the government and allow them to live under the supervision of the specially trained people for this humane cause, rather than subjecting them to unnecessary legal formalities, desolation, cruelty and starvation etc in the name of adoption.