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 Syndrome
If 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?
You should be prepared to provide your child with more than enough opportunities to live a fulfilling and engaging life, regardless of whether or not they have Down syndrome. Every story is different, and each child is unique, so there isn’t a step‐by‐step guide to raising a child with Down syndrome. If you’re weighing all of your options, it’s very helpful to look at what it’s really like to adopt a child with Down syndrome along with other Down syndrome adoption stories.
How to Adopt a Child with Down Syndrome
Every year, there is a growing list of children with Down syndrome who are ready to meet their forever families. If you’re open to adopting a child with Down syndrome, and you’re prepared for everything that comes with it, let your adoption professional know. There are also many professionals that specialize in special needs adoptions and would be happy to provide additional resources.
Activities Taking Place on World Down Syndrome Day
If you’re not ready to adopt, but you’d still like to spread awareness on World Down Syndrome Day, there are plenty of opportunities to do so. You might think about sharing videos, fundraising with your family and friends, and taking the time to share your support through social media. It’s important to acknowledge the reality that people with Down syndrome will face numerous difficulties throughout their lives. If you’re thinking about adopting a child with Down syndrome, it’s important to do your part to spread awareness about World Down Syndrome Day as well.