Forgotten Children Of The Aids Epidemic

Forgotten Children Of The Aids Epidemic

by Shelley Geballe
     
 

"Mommy, why ca&ngrave;t the doctors make you better?"..."You wo&ngrave;t be there, will you? Whòll take care of me?"-Rachel, age 5

AIDS breaks the rules of dying. It strikes the young rather than the old, decimating families and devastating communities. It will leave as its legacy a generation of orphans-traumatized by multiple losses, isolation, stigma, and

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"Mommy, why ca&ngrave;t the doctors make you better?"..."You wo&ngrave;t be there, will you? Whòll take care of me?"-Rachel, age 5

AIDS breaks the rules of dying. It strikes the young rather than the old, decimating families and devastating communities. It will leave as its legacy a generation of orphans-traumatized by multiple losses, isolation, stigma, and grief. By the turn of the century, more than a hundred thousand children and youth in the United States-and ten million worldwide-will lose their parents to AIDS.Written by professionals in medicine, law, social work, anthropology, psychiatry, and public policy, this volume is the first full-length look at the issues facing children whose parents and siblings are dying of AIDS: what children experience, how it affects them, how we can meet their emotional needs and help them find second families, how we counter the stigmas they face. Authors explore ways to promote resilience in these AIDS-affected children. Stories of the children and their caretakers, told in their own words, are woven throughout.Pioneering and practical, the book presents an action agenda and resource directory for our natio&ngrave;s policymakers as well as for parents and those who work with children in both formal and informal settings.

This book is produced in conjunction with a video, Mommy, Whòll Take Care of Me? Forgotten Children of the AIDS Epidemic, which will be shown on PBS and is also available from Yale University Press.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300062717
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2011
Series:
Yale Fastback Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
308
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. 1Voices: A Mother and Two Children
Kara7
Me on the Outside, Me on the Inside8
Onivea's Journal10
Pt. 2The Challenge of AIDS to Children and Youth
A Pandemic Out of Control: The Epidemiology of AIDS19
Medical Aspects of AIDS: What Do Children Witness?32
The Special Case of the Uninfected Child in the HIV-Affected Family: Normal Developmental Tasks and the Child's Concerns About Illness and Death50
Mommy and Me64
Uncertainty, Stigma, and Secrecy: Psychological Aspects of AIDS for Children and Adolescents71
Adolescents Living in Families with AIDS83
Children and AIDS in a Multicultural Perspective95
What Can We Learn from Children of War?107
Pt. 3Responding to the Needs of Children and Youth Affected by AIDS
A Second Family? Placement and Custody Decisions125
Toward a Child-Responsive Legal System140
Building Child- and Family-Responsive Support Systems165
Today's Challenges, Tomorrow's Dilemmas190
Agenda for Action205
Pt. 4Voices: Children, Parents, and Caregivers
The Reverberating Themes221
The Voices of Children223
I Miss You
My Life Has Not Been Very Easy
My Life
The Voices of Parents and Caregivers: "Matthew", Marva, "Grace", "Ann"232
Epilogue: Women and Children in a Time of Plague in America
Resource Guide
Contributors
Index

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