Unwanted Down Syndrome Baby Gets Hundreds of Applications From Hopeful Adoptive Parents

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baby handI was blessed with two healthy pregnancies, so I can't even begin to imagine what it would be like to have my unborn baby diagnosed with Down syndrome. That's why I would never dream of passing judgment on a certain young (unidentified) couple who decided to abort their own child for just that reason. But my heart does break a little bit at the thought of any baby being unwanted for any cause, and that's why what happens next in this story is so unbelievably touching to me -- and will most likely be to you, too. 

See, when Rev. Thomas Vander Woude of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Gainesville, VA heard about the couple's plans, his heart must have broken a little bit, too -- because he made a deal with the expectant parents: Carry the baby to term and he would help to find a loving adoptive family.

The situation was an urgent one, in Father Vander Woude's eyes, as the mother-to-be was nearly six months pregnant and lives in a state prohibits abortions past 24 weeks. Still, he wasn't expecting much when he asked a volunteer to post the following message on his church's Facebook page: 

“There is a couple in another state who have contacted an adoption agency looking for a family to adopt their Down Syndrome unborn baby. If a couple has not been found by today they plan to abort the baby. If you are interested in adopting this baby please contact Fr. VW IMMEDIATELY. We are asking all to pray for this baby and the wisdom that this couple realize the importance of human life and do not abort this beautiful gift from God.”

Well, you know what they say about the power of prayer and/or The Lord working in mysterious ways ... in just over a day, Father Vander Woude's church was inundated with replies from interested parties -- "over 900 emails in regard to the baby," in fact! The offers have since been narrowed down to three families; the unborn child’s parents are reviewing the applications with the aid of an adoption agency.

I'm not sure who's most happy/relieved in this situation: The parents, the priest, or the lucky adoptive parents ... maybe the baby? Probably everyone. Because every baby really IS wanted, by someone. Or so I'd like to believe. 

Are you happy to hear that so many people want to give this baby a good home?


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smurf... smurfielette13

Its sad this baby wasn't wanted just because it has down syndrome. I try not to judge but this story just pisses me off. If you're not going to love the child no matter what than you shouldn't get pregnant because there is always.that chance something could be wrong with the baby. So happy so many people were willing to adopt it.

bills... billsfan1104

Yes I judge people that abort just because the baby has Down syndrome and tries to abort at 6 months. That baby can feel pain. I judge every single woman that gets a partial birth abortion. they have not proven that their life is in danger and they have to puncture a babies spine to kill it to save them.

nonmember avatar pro-choicer

The story wasnt touching to me. I would never pass judgement on anyone wanting an abortion. It's no ones choice but the person that is pregnant. Sorry but id never take something some stranger said on facebook seriously.. she should have just aborted..


I'm sorry but I do not believe it was the preists job to interfeere with plans the family had already made. 

nonmember avatar Kristi

I believe the people who are screaming that they're soulless and never should have gotten pregnant have never taken care of a child with a disability. For some reason people have it in their heads that down syndrome just means they look a little odd and may be childlike but are still highly functioning. I'd love you to meet my friends child, who at 4 still can't walk or talk. Who was in the hospital for 6 months after he was born. Who has undergone countless surgeries. Whos parents can't afford the medical bills these treatments have racked up. Not to mention the added physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy. It can be a VERY difficult road to travel down. I suggest you take the time to care for someone disabled, really care for them, wipe their butts when they're adults still, change their diapers, bathe them, feed them, care for them 24/7 until you die. Then see how high you are on your pedestal.

nonmember avatar Rach

Sounds like it was pretty late to start considering abortion, but I'd probably want to make a similar arranging if I were to give birth to a child with Down's.

Sara Cunningham

It's great that the baby can find a family, but a woman wanting an abortion for ANY reason is her right.

Also, it doesn't mean a child is "unwanted". You don't know the life this woman leads, or the resources available to her. She may be able to care for a baby without special needs, but be ill-equipped to be a mother to a child who needs more.

She may have known that her personality and patience would not be equal to the task, and she made the admirable choice of trying to find someone who was. 

nonmember avatar Monique

Every child that is created in it's mothers womb from the very second it's conceived is a precious gift from God. And it's unique and special in it's own way. I'm so happy the family is giving up the child for adoption. I know a few children and adults who have down syndrome and they are AMAZING human beings and something to offer this world. EVERY human being is special! Beautiful story and it shows you how awesome God is!

fitne... fitnessmom217

From the very second a child is conceived he/she is loved by God and are very special. EVERY human being has something to offer in this world. I know a few people with down syndrome and they are awesome people! This child is going to be a BLESSING to the adoptive family! Beautiful story!

IHear... IHeartCake

I wish more people would choose adoption.  Instead, most people who find out they are having a baby with Down Syndrome choose abortion and claim miscarriage.  I find this very sad.  I understand not being able to handle parenting a child with Down Syndrome.  I just personally wish more would choose adoption, and if anyone judges you for not keeping the child, tell them to go you-know-where.   These birth parents are being very brace and doing the right thing.  We should all support them with love.

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