This little girl’s fortunes have changed after she was rejected first by her mother and then by 20 potential adoptive families by the time she was 13 days old! They all missed her charm, the fact that she is different, and instead focused on her disability. They never learned to accept her for who she is. They were blind to the fact that they were missing an opportunity to find beauty in the unexpected, failing to realize the true meaning of unconditional love.
Luca Trapanese’s story is all the more poignant because single male parents are usually not granted custody of a child, especially when they are homosexual. But Italian social services made an exception in this case, despite the fact adoptions for homosexual and single parents have traditionally been a complicated affair in the country. Luca adopted Alba in 2017 when she was a couple of weeks old.
In a radio interview, Trapanese explained that his case is special because it ‘destroys stereotypes about fatherhood, religion and family.’
When we solely concentrate on the disability of a child, we forget that they too have their abilities. A child with Down Syndrome is as beautiful, loving, and unique as any other child. Each child born into the world is singular and has their special place like pieces in a puzzle.
Kids with Down Syndrome are quite guileless and affectionate. All they expect is constant affection and encouragement and the attachment to them grows over the years.
Luca had worked in a host of care centers for people with special needs, and always wanted to become a father. That was why, despite not having a partner, he decided to press forward with the adoption of Alba, who now enjoys a happy home with her father.
Alba is a determined young child who can be stubborn on occasion. She loves to play and dance, and enjoys the company of other people. Especially Luca’s.