A bill signing on Statehouse grounds today was well attended by children. Foster and adoptive parents turned out to thank legislators and Gov. Mark Sanford for seeing through a bill to speed the placement of children into adoptive homes.The governor in his speech said, “Quality of life in South Carolina starts here.”
There’s more to do in that area, according to prospective parents who want to foster or adopt from the DSS or nationwide list of children who suffer from HIV or AIDS.
Joy Cameron,an adoptive parent, today celebrated the signing, then went to an adjacent rally on Statehouse grounds to bring back AIDS medication (ADAP) funding the House cut from the state budget. Her adopted child, Lorinda, has full-blown AIDS.
What dollar price do you put on that face? My daughter’s life depends on the funding. It’s like I told my parents, my roots are here but I’m going to have to move to a different state to keep my daughter alive.
Cameron says that monthly costs for AIDs drugs are in the thousands of dollars and the medications will increase as her daughter gets older.
Jonell Allen is a case manager in Beaufort for HIV-AIDS clients, who she says are mostly middle-aged African Americans who have no access to affordable health care and insurance. She talked about what she is dealing with.