Sunday, April 8, 2012
It is obvious the little girl has Down Syndrome. I don't know what it is about kids and adults with Down Syndrome but I have always been drawn to them. When they smile I get the same feeling in my heart that you get when your very young baby smiles at you for the first time. I get that feeling every time.
When I first starting growing my family through adoption I thought for sure I would be adopting a child with Down Syndrome. I don't know why, but I just did. Since I have been raising kids the awareness and acceptance of children with the trisomy has increased to the point that if a family was going to adopt a child with special needs they wanted a child with Down Syndrome. That meant there were wait lists. When I filled out applications for adoption I never specifically asked for a child with DS as my 'criteria' was wide open and in knowing that the kids were fairly easily placed I figured unless there were severe accompanying conditions I would not be called. I was right. At least from the provincial program.
I have had two potential situations of infants with Trisomy 21, one boy and one girl. The newborn girl I was called about a year ago February. As far as I know her parents decided to parent her. Really good news for them and their baby but tough to be brought into a situation and then not have it work out...for you. As I am hopeful that another newborn will find their way to me I wonder if my last child (so I say now!) will come to me as I thought my first child would, with Down Syndrome. I figure that would be another little funny God could play on me....waiting until I have fully assumed the stereotypical older mother look that used to be expected of a mother having given birth to a child with Down Syndrome. Seems He really likes to yank my chain....