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Was the process of adoption hard? How much does it cost?
I’m praying about adopting in the future but want to be more equipped and prepared to care for a child financially, spiritually, and mentally.
My husband and I don’t have any family experience with Down syndrome, but we want to educate ourselves about the condition and what it takes if we ever receive a child with special needs in our care.
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Wow, it’s so good to hear that you are planning to adopt a baby with Downs syndrome. Believe me they are simply the friendliest group of people on Earth. Their extra chromosome makes them extra caring and extra loving.
They have a natural interest in music and dance. I have witnessed countless mesmerizing and spontaneous performances of children with Downs Syndrome.
Although Downs syndrome is associated with limitations in intellectual functioning, but in most cases it is of mild to moderate level.
Having been in the field of special education for so long, I have always experienced a very positive and loving relationship with them. Although many people with Down’s syndrome have challenges associated with speech and communication, their smiles are so contagious that you effortlessly become a part of their friendship circle.
Lots of respect and best wishes, we need more people like you.
I considered adopting a special needs child because so many of them live in foster care or homes and are never considered for adoption. The process, as always with adoption, can be excruciating but from the research that I found, it seems that it's best to use a licensed public agency when trying to adopt a special needs child or a child with down syndrome because public agencies typically have more special needs children available and more flexible eligibility requirements. Also, I should note that private agencies will take much longer with placement and most of them don't have very much experience with placing special needs children.
It's great to hear that you are looking to adopt, especially, a child with down syndrome. All the best of luck to you and your family!