Down Syndrome Spotlight: “Abraham” Still Waits
We originally shared “Abraham’s” story about a year ago. “Abraham” is now a 4-year-old boy with Down syndrome. He is described by his caregivers in India as being extremely good and cute. “Abraham” still needs a loving family.
There are many waiting children from India of all ages with Down syndrome that need the love of parents and the security of a home.
For more information on Down syndrome adoption, please visit our Down Syndrome Adoption page, where you will find helpful resources regarding the genetic disorder.
This is a shared referral. To learn more about India adoptions, please contact India@awaa.org.
What is Down Syndrome?
When you get to know someone with Down syndrome, you will find that they have unique personalities and interests, just like everyone else! If they want to, they can be on sports teams, make art, play instruments and join clubs at school. They want to have fun and make new friends like all kids do.
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. (NDSS.org)