For some families, hearing that their child has been diagnosed with Down syndrome often starts their minds wondering about what their child’s future holds…
“Will my son or daughter be able to be independent?”
“What will my son or daughter be capable of doing?”
“Will my child be able to make an impact in the lives of others?”
“Will they be able to work independently in a job or contribute in other ways in their community?
While these are normal questions a parent may process when they learn about their child’s diagnosis, today we’d like to contrast two stories. The story of Ben Majewski, a young man with Down syndrome who overcame obstacles, attended college, and is now an adult making a profound impact in numerous ways in his community and finds fulfillment in his job—the other, a little girl in China who needs a family to help her unlock her potential and see all that she can become, just like Ben’s parents did.
America World’s CEO, Brian Luwis, has witnessed firsthand, just how beautiful his godson Ben’s story has become over the years and how rewarding it can be to parent a child with Down syndrome. Families who parent a child with Down syndrome are blessed to have a window opened into a life that many overlook.
Then there is Tabitha. Sweet, joyful Tabitha. Right now, on the other side of the world, Tabitha is waiting for her forever family to find her, to come forward and to claim her as a daughter, as wanted, as loved. The meaning of her Chinese name, given to her by the nannies at her orphanage who love her dearly, is “to flourish, to prosper.” They believed that from the moment they met her she would be able to do just that. There is an unlimited amount of opportunity little Tabitha would have to both flourish and to prosper, touching countless lives with her untold story along the way.
There are hundreds of children in China, just like Ben and Tabitha, who we are highlighting today - children whose stories go unwritten, opportunities that abound in the U.S. that could change their lives if only a family considered their adoption. Could you be the family Tabitha or another little one is waiting for?
Ben’s life continues to impact others in countless ways; we hope that his story has inspired and encouraged you as well. We are thrilled to announce a Majewski Family Grant of $10,000. This incredibly generous donation will offset $10,000 of adoption expenses for Tabitha’s adoption.
Tabitha’s file is set to return to the CCCWA in China in a few days unless the file is extended or a family begins reviewing her file. Families interested in learning about Tabitha can inquire with our China team at 800-429-3369 or by email at China@awaa.org. A great first step is to submit a FREE PRE-APPLICATION and our staff will follow up with your family.
We ask that you help advocate alongside us for Tabitha and help us find her forever family. Please share this with those in your circle of influence as you never know who Tabitha’s story may impact. Taking just a moment of your time to pray that Tabitha’s forever family finds her or to share this post, maybe even encourage someone else you know to do so as well, could make a world of difference for this little girl and her story that desperately needs to be told. Thank you for advocating and praying alongside our team for a family for this joyful girl!