Do you have a family member or friend who has just received a diagnosis of Down syndrome for their child? You may not be aware that what you say and do, at this critical time, even when meant with the best intentions, could be hurtful. Here are a few "Dos" and "Don'ts" that parents of children with Down syndrome suggest that we share.
All children benefit from the opportunity to grow up in a loving family, but not all birth families feel they are able to meet the needs of a child born with Down syndrome. The National Down Syndrome Adoption Network can help these families with an adoption plan and assist families who are looking to adopt a child with Down syndrome.