In 2013, Michigan-based adoption agency Bethany Christian Services launched the Bamboo Project to find homes for Chinese children with Down Syndrome. The effort began when adoptive mother Desiree White began her journey to adopt her son, Isaac.
White always knew she wanted to adopt a child with Down Syndrome, but doing so in China was a fairly unprecedented move, as the Chinese government considered children like Isaac to be “unadoptable.” Soon after the success of Isaac’s adoption, the Bamboo project was able to receive the adoption files of 14 more children like him, 10 of whom have been adopted. Currently, they are making efforts to find forever families for over 40 children.
- “American Families are Adopting ‘Unadoptable’ Children With Down Syndrome From China“ – Life News
- “American Families Adopt ‘Unadoptable’ Children with Down Syndrome from China“ – People Magazine
- “Mom helping children with Down Syndrome find homes” – WTSP