Around the world, countless children are in foster care and orphanages, waiting to find a permanent home. That's the story of Alba who was born with Down syndrome and rejected by both her mother and 20 other families. But in 2017, an Italian man decided that he would be the father that the girl needed.
It was 2017 when Luca Trapanese, a single man in Italy, took on the responsibility of adopting Alba and becoming her father. At the time, the little girl was only 13 days old; however, she had already been rejected by her mother and passed up by 20 potential adoptive families who didn’t want to take on her problems.
Luca, who is gay, decided to share his adoption journey in a book that he has recently written, explaining the way that his story has shattered stereotypes and is changing the way that people look at families. He also spoke about how adopting children is usually very complicated for single parents and homosexual parents in Italy, reports the Daily Mail.
Luca was no stranger to special needs since he had experience working in care centers where he helped those struggling with issues just like Alba. Luca wasn’t worried about Alba’s diagnosis and was convinced that they would make the perfect family. Luca points out that having children has been one of his lifelong dreams, and we’re sure that Alba is happy that he decided to pursue that goal!
Look at the vast array of pictures that Luca shares on his social media accounts, it looks like he and little Alba share a close bond and have a lot of fun together! From eating out together to snuggling, the dad and daughter certainly do appreciate one another’s company, the Daily Mail continues.
"But, when I first held Alba, I knew I was ready to be her dad."
Despite the difficulties that she faces, we’re so glad that Alba had such a happy ending to her story and that Luca was given the opportunity to be a dad! Now in 2020, three years later, the two are still being a happy family. In a recently shared Instagram post, they celebrated Alba's third birthday.
You can see his story in the video below.
Do you have an adoption story that shows how families can be different and still help each other? Write your story below and then invite your friends to also read up about Luca and his adoption journey. Perhaps we can all consider opening our hearts to one of these precious little children who so desperately need a home.
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