Can people outside of Kenya adopt one of the babies?
When at all possible, we believe it best for the babies to grow up in Kenya with families of their own culture. Therefore, at this time, we are not seeking to place babies in international adoptions.
Do you accept babies who are HIV positive?
We do accept babies who are HIV positive. If a baby is truly orphaned or has been abandoned, we can accept them. Once they are here, we do HIV screening and afford them the proper medical care when necessary.
How does a baby test HIV negative once they have tested HIV positive?
The current affordable tests for the HIV virus actually test for antibodies that are produced by the virus, rather than testing for the virus itself. Since a baby carries his/her mother’s antibodies in his/her body until the age of 18 months, a baby may test positive for HIV while not actually bearing the virus in his/her own body. Already, many of our babies who first came to us testing positive for HIV are testing negative. Many factors influence whether a child is able to reject the virus, including nutrition and health care. We believe the most important factor affecting the outcome is prayer.
How does the Baby Center obtain the babies?
AGC Baby Center a registered children’s home with the Kenyan government and works in conjunction with the Children’s Department. Because of that, we have been connected with hospitals, police stations so that we can receive babies from them. We are called to hospitals and the police station to pick up babies who have been abandoned or orphaned. Sometimes we also receive transfers of babies from other children’s homes that are not equipped for care of small babies.
How many HIV positive babies does the Baby Center have?
The number of HIV positive babies changes according to our enrollment. Usually, ¼ or less of our babies test HIV positive. Many of them will test negative before they reach 18 months old.
What do you do with the babies when they reach 4 years of age?
We are seeking for permanent placement with Christian families through adoption. Sometimes that may be with other relatives if the parents are unable to care for the child. Other times that will be with families who simply want to share their love and home with a child. On the chance that a child is not adopted by age 4, we will have to seek a transfer to another children’s home here in Kenya.
Where do the funds for the Baby Center come from?
We are entirely dependent upon God’s grace and the generosity of donors who want to give to support the ministry. Check out our “Get Involved” page for information about how to give.
Who takes care of the babies?
We have employed many Kenyan ladies who are the primary caregivers for the babies. They are trained by our Registered Nurse, who was trained at Tenwek Hospital Nursing School. We have day shift and night shift each day, and each lady who is full-time works four 12-hour shifts each week.