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Single Dad Adopted A Baby Girl With Down Syndrome Who Was Rejected By 20 Families

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It always warms my heart reading stories like these, and while there is so much going on in the world to be sad about, but stories like these remind us there is still so much good, too!

Luca Trapanese from Italy is smashing all stereotypes about fatherhood and family. Not only is Luca a single father, but he is also gay, and in Italy, single, let alone gay men, are almost never granted custody. He was given a tough time and in the end told he could only adopt a baby with health or behavioral issues. This didn’t stop him!

Luca had been volunteering his time to children with special needs since he was only 14 years old.

At 41 years old, he adopted baby Alba who was 13 days old. Alba has Down Syndrome and that’s why her mother gave her up. She was rejected by 20 families until Luca came along. And it changed both of their lives forever.


“Since I was 14 years old, I have volunteered and worked with the disabled so I felt I had the right knowledge and experience to do it. When I first held her in my arms, I was overcome with joy. I felt she was my daughter straight away,” Luca revealed.

“It was the first time I held a newborn baby. Before that moment, I had always been scared. But, when I first held Alba, I knew I was ready to be her dad.”

Luca and Alba could not be happier, the proud dad says; “She brought me happiness and a sense of fulfillment. I am proud to be her dad. I wanted her to be my daughter.”

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