This session will give a detailed description of the adoption process, from starting the process to acquiring the needed paperwork to adopt; a detailed explanation of the NDSAN Registry and what we can do for families. We will also hear from families who have adopted a child with Down syndrome.
The goal of the session is to fully educate the interested family, so they can make an informed decision about adding another child with Down syndrome to their family.
Stephanie Thompson has worked with families of children with Down syndrome in various capacities for over 15 years. In 2010, she joined the National Down Syndrome Adoption Network, which is a program of the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati. Stephanie has a 23 year old birth son with Down syndrome, Christopher, who is the light of her life. She enjoys cycling, kayaking, and traveling.
Rebecca and her husband, Chris, have four children. Hayden, 13, came to Rebecca and Chris biologically, Charlotte, nine, found her way to the Aguon family via international adoption from China. Ruby, two, and Vincent, four, both have Down syndrome, and were adopted domestically. Rebecca is a former Elementary School Teacher, and her experience in the classroom has lent itself to her ability to anticipate and advocate for the needs of all her children. When she’s not taking care of her family, Rebecca mentors other families that are navigating the adoption journey.
Nora and David have seven children. Their youngest, Annie Mei, was adopted in September 2012 and is blessed with an extra chromosome. Nora started working with children with special needs in high school. This experience prompted her to pursue a degree in Speech Pathology. Working with children with Down Syndrome was a highlight of her career. In addition, her nephew Ryan was born in 2001 and was diagnosed with DS. Annie is the princess of the family and a ray of sunshine to all that meet her. When not homeschooling, doing laundry, loading the dishwasher and being an unpaid taxi driver, Nora likes to read which usually results in a nap!