An Italian social activist Luca Trapanese, adopted toddler Alba, a child with down syndrome last year. Down syndrome is a result of extra genetic material causing changes in development and physical features in an individual.
Alba was rejected by 20 families including her own mother who disowned her the moment she was born, pertaining to Alba's special needs.
However, Alba's life went through a series of unfortunate events. She was rejected by as many as 20 families. But, her life took a significant turn when Luca held her in his arms and decided to give her a home.
Luca had been a part of many social service programs since his teenage years. He came forward to adopt Alba after he was told about people's unwillingness to adopt her.
"Since I was 14 years old, I have volunteered and worked with the disabled so I felt I had the right knowledge and experience to do it," he said.
Luca is highly experienced when it comes to volunteering in various social service programs including "A Ruota Libera" Foundation, a group that provides assistance to children with Down syndrome.
Luca further said that for him a disabled child is not a second choice solution, but a conscious choice with respect to his vocation and his abilities.
The Adoption agency was unsure with Luca's stature as he did not meet the criteria of providing a quintessential family to the child. The adoption case became hard for Luca, a homosexual man who became single after an 11-year-long relationship. However, he remained adamant to adopt little Alba and promised to not marry and raise a child alone if that is what he needs to do.
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