Adopting children with Down syndrome: pros and cons
Posted Nov 13 2008 3:49am
Here's a wonderful article in the Washington Post about the family of Mommy Life's Barbara Curtis. She and her husband Tripp have adopted three children with Down syndrome. They surrendered their family plans to God and He has blessed them abundantly. Here's Barbara's reaction when their biological child with T21 was born, "In 1992, Jonny was born. In the delivery room, the mother recalled, the doctor put a hand on her shoulder, and she understood something was different about her son. "He has Down syndrome, right?" she asked. "It's okay," she remembers saying and believing. She said she was filled with expectation and excitement about the changes he would bring to their family. Tripp's voice still cracks when he recalls a line of poetry the couple chose for Jonny's birth announcement before knowing about the disability: "God's gifts put man's best dreams to shame."
Now, read this article decrying the 'interference' of the Prenatally Diagnosed Condtions Awareness Act in the doctor patient relationship and the claim that because of medical problems, our children with Down sydnrome are "unadoptable". This one sent a chill down my spine, and I hate to think that this may be closer to how the medical establishment thinks.
We advocates have LOTS of work to do! HT Medical News today