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Can people living outside of Kenya adopt one of the babies?
While it is not impossible for foreigners to adopt from Kenya, it is very difficult and expensive. We have had a few babies go to Europe with their new Forever Families, but the large majority of our little ones are adopted by Kenyan families. We work hard to assist anyone who is feeling called and has followed all the legal and proper channels for adoption.
Do you accept babies who are HIV positive?
Yes, we do accept babies who are HIV positive. We normally do not have any idea of an infant’s health when we receive them as the test to determine the status is done immediately after we get them so we can provide the best option in regards to medicines and diet. It is not uncommon for us to receive an infant who tests positive at first for HIV, and once they are put on proper medical and nutritional protocol they later test negative. This is due largely to the fact that the earlier tests are actually showing the mothers status and the antibodies that were present in the mother are detectable in the infant. While proper medicine and nutrition is critical, we believe it is the prayers offered for the infant are the greatest factor in the final outcome for the baby’s health.
Where do the babies come from?
MpM is registered with the Kenyan Government and we work closely with the Government Children Officers and Children’s Department. Due to these connections we also are well known to many area hospitals, police stations, and District Children Officers, all whom call us when they have a case of an abandoned infant. There are times we are requested to take an infant from another home that is unable to properly care for the infant. Other times we may be asked to provide temporary care for an infant whose family is unable to provide proper care.
You state that you care for babies up to age two, what happens then?
Our guidelines state that we will keep babies up to age two, if at that time there is no foreseeable exit through an adoption the baby will be transferred to another facility that is actively pursuing adoptions. However, to date, since our registration began we have not had to transfer a single little one. Most of our infants are adopted before age one. In the rare instances where they reach age two there has almost always been an adoption on the horizon. We feel it is much better for us to “bend” this rule as opposed to putting the little one through another transition before going home with their Forever Family.
How is the funding for the ministry obtained?
95% of our support comes through private individuals and churches. It is these partners and the Grace of God that keep the ministry going. See our “Get involved” page for more information on how you can be a partner in this ministry.
How do you care for so many babies?
We have full time Kenyan Caregivers that provide care around the clock, seven days a week. The caregivers rotate and typically work in 24 – 36 hour shifts (including sleeping between feedings) to assure some continuity for the infants. All new intakes are kept under the watchful eye of Mama Bell and are quarantined at the Bell’s house for the first 3 – 5 days to make sure they are stable.
We talk much about the babies and the IRC, but what are these other ministries?
While our main focus is on the rescue and adoption of infants we also work with other children homes and groups of vulnerable children to help them be more self-sufficient through tools such as the greenhouse projects. When there is a need we also train about and if needed, provide water purifiers as well. The Farming God’s Way program is designed to help the children homes increase the yield they are currently getting from their own farming plots.