Please visit ndsan.org for more information and current listings of waiting children.
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.
National Down Syndrome Adoption Network provides information to birth
families who may be seeking alternatives to parenting as they prepare
for the arrival of their child. Making an adoption plan for a child with
Down syndrome is a loving choice and can be the right choice for some
Adoptive families contact the National Down Syndrome Adoption Network when they have a strong desire to adopt a child with Down syndrome. Many
of these families have experienced living with and loving a child or
an adult with Down syndrome. They may themselves be birth parents or
adoptive parents of a child with Down syndrome, they may have worked
professionally with a client or student with Down syndrome, or they may
have spent time with an individual with Down syndrome in their church
or community. Adoptive families are located all across the United States
and Canada. They all must be approved for adoption by a licensed agency
in their state of residence.
The National Down Syndrome Adoption Network provides a link as well
for public and private agencies that have custody of infants or children
with Down syndrome and are seeking adoptive families to provide loving
homes for children with Down syndrome of all ages.
The DSAGC can
provide the following resources to birth families who may be considering
releasing a baby for adoption:
• Information on Down syndrome
• Information on making an adoption plan
• Direct contact with birth parents that have made an adoption plan
for a child with DS in the past
• There are no fees for any of the services provided by the National
Down Syndrome Adoption Network.
Robin Steele is the National Down Syndrome Adoption Network Coordinator.
Robin and her husband adopted their first child with Down syndrome over
thirty years ago. Their experience in meeting and adopting their daughter
Martha greatly influenced their family’s journey that now includes four
children with Down syndrome.
Adopting or Releasing a Child with Down Syndrome was
created by the National Down Syndrome Adoption Network to educate those
who may be interested in releasing their child with Down syndrome for
adoption and those who wish to adopt.