All of our babies have been either abandoned or given up for adoption by the mother. Hope House acts as a half way home where the babies are loved and cared for until they can be placed into an adoptive family. Most babies arrive between new-born and 6 months, our desire is that they will be adopted before they reach 3 years of age.
Eleven babies have been reunited with family members, either the mother has changed her mind about giving up her baby during the 6 weeks they are given to do this, or a family member or members have been located and have agreed to take the baby.
Of the 284 babies we have cared for since opening the home, we have placed only 6 in homes for older children because they were not adopted from Hope House by the age of 3 years. Each child has adapted well to their new 'family' with 230 being adopted by Kenyans and 20 internationally.
Our full capacity is 23 babies, but this number fluctuates as babies come and go. Thirteen babies have tested HIV positive with seven of them converting to negative before the age of 18 months. Tests have shown the other 6 will remain (from 4) positive. Anti-retroviral medication has a very positive effect of their health and is now free in Kenya.