“All children benefit from the opportunity to grow up in a loving family, but not all birth families feel they are able to meet the needs of a child born with Down syndrome.” (from the National Down Syndrome Adoption Network website)
National Down Syndrome Adoption Network has excellent resources for those who want to adopt a child with Down syndrome, or for those who need to release their child with Ds for adoption. The National Adoption Awareness Program provides information to birth families who may be seeking alternatives to parenting as they prepare for the arrival of their child. Making an adoption plan for a child with Down syndrome is a loving choice and can be the right choice for some families.”
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Babies with Down syndrome in high demand
“My name is Tom Bushnell. I am the director of an organization called CHASK – Christian Homes And Special Kids. It is our joy for the last 8 years to find homes for babies, preborn or already born that have any kind of special needs. We are not an agency, but simply a matching service.
In all honesty, I must say that by a HUGE margin, the easiest child and most sought after are children born with Down syndrome….any age… with any complication .
Today 90% of all mothers whose babies are diagnosed with Down syndrome terminate their pregnancy. Mostly because they do not understand what a treasure they have just been given. While it is true that living with permanent disability is a different way of life that is not for everybody, thousands of families wait in line to adopt a baby with Down syndrome. No other children, with any other kind of medical concern, comes close to competing for 1st place as being the most desirable.” End quote
A message for birth and adoptive parents from CHASK.
Birth Parent’s Line 1-800-266-9837 Contact CHASK 208-267-6246
Reece’s Rainbow is an International Down Syndrome Orphan Adoption Ministry.
Several of the families in the DSFSAG support group have adopted children with Down syndrome, and are available to talk to birth parents or those interested in adopting a child with Down syndrome. Contact us if you would like to talk to someone.
Listserv for families who have adopted, or are interested in adopting, children with Down Syndrome: Down_Syndrome_Adoption@yahoogroups.com
last updated 1/3/2016 sp