What You Need to Know for World Down Syndrome Day
In 2011, the General Assembly of the United Nations declared March 21 as World Down Syndrome Day. So, in order to help spread awareness of Down syndrome in the adoption community, we’ve compiled a list of what to know during World Down Syndrome Day and how you can spread awareness among your friends and family. Whether you’re a hopeful adoptive parent who’s just curious about World Down Syndrome Day, or you’re thinking about adopting a child with Down syndrome, read on.
What You Should Know Before Adopting a Child with Down SyndromeIf you’re thinking about your preferences for adopting a child, you might have considered adopting a child with special needs, such as Down syndrome. Like with any child, it’s important to be fully prepared for this step in your parenting journey, as this is an incredibly big decision to make. While adopting a child with Down syndrome is absolutely rewarding, you definitely shouldn’t pick this route if you feel uncertain about whether or not you can provide for their needs as they grow up. Before adopting a child with Down syndrome, it’s important to be honest with yourself. If you’re serious about adopting a child with Down syndrome, here are some questions for a self‐evaluation:
- Will I be patient and understanding of my child’s needs?
- Am I prepared to take care of my child’s health concerns?
- Have I done plenty of research about Down syndrome?
- Do I have a strong support network of family and friends?
- Do I have experience with Down syndrome?