“How fast can you get to Houston?” Those words will echo in my ears and heart forever more. Within a two-hour period, I went from being a waiting mom, to being a chosen mom. Our family had been chosen! There was a daughter for us, the daughter we had been speaking about for over a decade. The daughter all our friends and family talked about by name, even though we didn’t even know her. She now really existed and she was waiting for us.
In 2019, the NDSAN supported 80 expectant families who received a Down syndrome diagnosis for their child, as well as 50 new potential adoptive families who joined the registry.
Can you help me adopt a child internationally? The NDSAN supports domestic adoption, children with Down syndrome born in the United States, adopted by families living in the United States. There are many international adoption programs that help families who are interested in adopting a child with Down syndrome outside of the United States. Rainbow Kids and Reece's Rainbow are great starting points.
If you are or know of an expectant or birth parent whose child has received a diagnosis of Down syndrome and you live outside the US, please contact us here. We will assist in any way possible.
The mission of the National Down Syndrome Adoption Network (NDSAN) is to ensure that all children born with Down syndrome have the opportunity to grow up in a loving family. The NDSAN provides information, resources and support to expectant, new and adoptive families.