HEMOPHILIA ADOPTION PROGRAM, SUPPORTED BY HFM

The Hemophilia Adoption Program is a groundbreaking worldwide outreach program advocating for children with hemophilia in need of forever families.

HFM’s Advocacy and Outreach Coordinator, Shari Luckey, oversees the Hemophilia Adoption Program. Shari has 4 children of her own with bleeding disorders, the youngest, adopted from China in 2010. Shari brings a valuable network of connections within the adoption community who inform her of orphaned children with hemophilia around the world.

As orphaned children with hemophilia are located, Shari works to connect the children to forever families in the United States. Once a child is matched to a family, HFM provides support to the adoption family by connecting them to the hemophilia adoption community as well as local bleeding disorders organizations and Hemophilia Treatment Centers.

HFM provides educational materials and resources about hemophilia adoption at various intervals during the process. Encouragement continues while the family travels to meet their child, but does not end once the child is home.

The Hemophilia Adoption Community began as a grass-roots effort and has slowly grown over the past seven years with dozens of children with hemophilia now home in the U.S.A. and several more pending.

If you would like more information about Hemophilia Adoption please contact Shari Luckey at sluckey@hfmich.org.

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Trey

Trey is a sweet and shy 7-year-old boy with hemophilia A. He is smart and learns new things quickly! He loves to play with friends, but unfortunately is often limited by his knee. Due to the repeated bleeding into his knee, he has difficulty walking and needs comprehensive medical care. Not only does Trey require access to medical care, he deserves the unconditional love of a family of his very own!

Frequently Asked Questions about Hemophilia Adoption

If you’re considering adoption of a child with hemophilia, you likely have a lot of questions.

International adoption can cost between $30,000 and $50,000. Foster case adoption typically costs $2,000 or under.

International adoption generally takes between 9 months and 2 years, once a family has been matched with a child. Foster adoption generally takes between 6 months and 1 year to finalize.

The first steps after you have decided to adopt a child with hemophilia is to complete a home study. When adopting internationally it is important to have your home study completed by a Hague Accredited adoption agency. To adopt through foster care, being approved to foster a child is the first step.

The foster care system in the US is organized within each state, by county. Because of this, it makes it difficult to learn about children with bleeding disorders that are available for adoption.

There are many resources available to help offset the high costs of international adoption. Many families do fundraisers, apply for special adoption loans, and apply for adoption grants. HFM recently launched a hemophilia adoption-specific grant for $1,000, Luke and Jack’s Together Forever Grant.

Yes, there is an advocacy Facebook group and Bleeding Disorders Adoption Facebook group.