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Single Dad Adopts Baby With Down Syndrome Who Was Rejected By 20 Families: ‘I Am Proud To Be Her Dad’
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Single Dad Adopts Baby With Down Syndrome Who Was Rejected By 20 Families: ‘I Am Proud To Be Her Dad’

Luca Trapanese adopted Alba when she was just 13 days old.

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Editor’s note: This article was originally published on October 22, 2021. It has since been updated.
 

In 2017, a 41-year-old man from Italy adopted his daughter Alba, when she was just a few weeks old. Trapanese is a gay and single man and Alba has Down syndrome. Trapanese got a call from an adoption agency to tell him that he had been matched with a newborn girl who was rejected by 20 other families. But Trapanese wasn't going to turn away. “When I first held her in my arms, I was overcome with joy,” he recalled, according to My Modern Met. “I felt she was my daughter straight away.”

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The doting dad from Naples lives in an area where adoption policies were extremely strict. “I was told that I’d only be given a child with an illness, a severe disability, or with behavioral problems,” he explained. “I was absolutely OK with that.” Trapanese lost his best friend to cancer at just 14 years old, so he always knew how challenging it was to live with an illness or disability.