Project HOPEFUL’s roots are in the care of children who are HIV positive and the encouragement of families called to care for these children.
In 2007, while Kiel and Carolyn Twietmeyer were working to bring home three children from Ethiopia, they learned that one – the child who has HIV – would be required to wait many additional months for an extra immigration clearance. Struggling with this unnecessary legal hurdle spurred the Twietmeyers into action, and Project HOPEFUL was born.
Since that time in 2007, and in-part through the Twietmeyer’s work, the additional immigration requirements for persons who have HIV have been lifted, and much of the stigma surrounding the adoption of HIV positive children has been alleviated. Through its years of education and advocacy, Project HOPEFUL has helped hundreds of families – in big and small ways – to bring home children who have HIV.
Today, Project HOPEFUL staff, volunteers, Board members, conference attendees, Facebook friends, and many others touched by Project HOPEFUL are raising HIV positive children alongside their other children with peace, joy, and amazing medical, social, and familial results. Kids who were once overlooked no longer are. We celebrate the steps that have been taken and are still being taken to eradicate stigma and place children who are otherwise overlooked into families.