Hundreds Respond To Last-Minute Down Syndrome Adoption Plea
A posting on Facebook seeking an adoptive family for an unborn child with Down syndrome who would otherwise be aborted has yielded hundreds of responses from interested moms and dads around the globe.
Earlier this week, a volunteer at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Gainesville, Va. posted an urgent note on Facebook after Rev. Thomas Vander Woude at the church convinced a couple in another state not to go through with an abortion if he could find an adoptive family for their child who had been diagnosed prenatally with Down syndrome.
“There is a couple in another state who have contacted an adoption agency looking for a family to adopt their Downs Syndrome unborn baby. If a couple has not been found by today they plan to abort the baby. If you are interested in adopting this baby please contact Fr. VW IMMEDIATELY,” read the note posted early Monday morning on the social network.
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The response was overwhelming with calls pouring in all day and more than 900 emails sent in regard to the baby, church officials told The Washington Times. Inquiries came from across the United States and as far away as England, Puerto Rico and the Netherlands.
The parents — who are not being identified publicly — are now considering three prospective families with the help of an adoption agency.