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Down Syndrome Adoption

Down syndrome adoption

What is Down Syndrome?

In every cell in the human body, there is a nucleus, where genetic material is stored in genes.  Genes carry the codes responsible for all of our inherited traits and are grouped along rod-like structures called chromosomes.  Typically, the nucleus of each cell contains 23 pairs of chromosomes, half of which are inherited from each parent. Down syndrome occurs when an individual has a full or partial extra copy of chromosome 21.

This additional genetic material alters the course of development and causes the characteristics associated with Down syndrome. A few of the common physical traits of Down syndrome are low muscle tone, small stature, an upward slant to the eyes, and a single deep crease across the center of the palm - although each person with Down syndrome is a unique individual and may possess these characteristics to different degrees, or not at all. (

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Down Syndrome Adoption:

America World has a growing number of children with Down syndrome who are available for adoption—especially in our China and India programs. Bringing awareness to families who would consider adopting a child with Down syndrome has helped America World place many children recently. We want to expand our efforts in advocating for this amazing group of children by sharing just a few of those available in the links below.


Down syndrome India adoption

to Meet India Children
Who Are Waiting for a Family


China Down syndrome adoption

to Meet China Children
Who Are Waiting for a Family


Down Syndrome Resources:

Down Syndrome Adoption Network

NDSS Down Syndrome Fact Sheet & Preferred Language Guide

NDSS Down Syndrome Myths & Truths