Numerous kids are waiting to find their permanent homes in foster care and orphanages all around the world. Too frequently, children who are legally available for adoption are kept in care until they reach adulthood and are then abandoned to face life alone in the adult world. This seems to be the case with a little child named Alba who was born with Down syndrome and was shunned by 20 households in addition to her mother. However, in 2017, at the age of just 13 days, Alba was taken up and adopted by an Italian guy named Luca Trapanese.
Trapanese, a homosexual man, made the decision to write about his adoption experience in a book that was released in 2018. He explained how his tale had disproven preconceptions and transformed how society views families in the book. This is particularly relevant given that adopting children in Italy is typically exceedingly difficult for single and LGBT parents.
According to The Daily Mail, Trapanese was familiar with special needs because he had prior experience working in care facilities where he assisted people who were experiencing similar difficulties as Alba. Trapanese was unconcerned by Alba’s diagnosis and was certain that they would form the ideal family, while realizing the enormous responsibility that comes with having a kid with Down syndrome. Trapanese mentions that one of his lifetime aspirations has been to have children, and we’re sure that Alba is pleased that he chose to follow that desire.
Look at the countless images that Trapanese posts on his social media pages; it appears that they get along well and like spending time together. The father and daughter clearly enjoy each other’s company, whether they are eating out or cuddling.
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The Independent claims that Trapanese adopted Alba in 2017, not long after he had broken up with his boyfriend. Trapanese had started his nonprofit to aid persons with impairments with the support of that boyfriend.
Trapanese said in an interview with the BBC that he was warned he would “only be given a child with an illness, a serious impairment, or with behavioral difficulties” when he registered for adoption as a single homosexual man.
Trapanese said, “I was perfectly fine with that.
Trapanese learned some positive news despite the somewhat prejudiced adoption methods he came across. He had been paired with a little girl whose mother had left her.
When Trapanese first had Alba in his arms, he was “overcome with joy,” he said. “I knew right immediately that she was my daughter.”
Trapanese is clear that he does not consider Alba’s diagnosis of Down syndrome to be a handicap.
As if it were an illness, someone once questioned me, “But if you had a magic wand, would you heal her?” However, in fact, Down syndrome is not a sickness but rather a way of life, Trapanese said in a December 2020 interview with GMA.
He said, “I answer, ‘No, because otherwise she wouldn’t be Alba.
One of the most prevalent genetic illnesses in the world is down syndrome. In the Netherlands, the Department of Pediatrics conducted a research in 2010 that found that 1 in 1,000 newborns born each year are thought to have Down syndrome. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 700 babies born each year in the United States are diagnosed with drown syndrome, according to the National Drown Syndrome Society (NDSS).
This genetic disorder’s precise etiology is yet unknown. As far as science is aware, Down syndrome is not an inherited condition. Only 1% of known cases have been passed down from a single parent, and almost all Down syndrome infants are born to parents who have the typical number of chromosomes.
Down syndrome is not an insurmountable issue, even though modern medicine cannot fix it. It causes physical and mental growth delays in newborns, causing them to develop more slowly than a healthy baby.
Trapanese stated on GMA that he wants to increase knowledge about Down syndrome.
“… It is important to inform people today that Alba and persons like Alba should be treated equally with other people.”
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Alba’s Instagram growth has been documented by the world since since Trapanese’s adoption story went viral in 2017. Trapanese included a picture of Alba, age 4, writing a letter to Santa Claus in one of his articles.
“Have you sent Santa your letter yet?” Alongside the photograph, Trapanese adds in Italian that he and Alba are going to greet him with “hot herbal tea.”
On Instagram, where Trapanese presently has over 494,000 followers, admirers are anxious to see how Alba develops with her adoring father.
40% of children with Down syndrome who attend high school in the United States graduate or go on to complete their degrees. Even while the majority of persons with Down syndrome still need assistance with money management, many of them go on to have stable careers and live independently.