Single gay dad adopts girl with down syndrome who was rejected by 20 families
In celebration of pride month, we bring you an oldie, but goodie. Meet, Luca Trapanese, a single gay father who adopted a girl with Down syndrome after she was rejected by 20 other families. The struggle was real during the adoption process, but Luca never gave up which resulted in the happiest moment of his life.
41-year-old, Luca Trapanese, from Naples, Italy, adopted his daughter, Alba, when she was just 13-days-old.
“When I first held her in my arms, I was overcome with joy. I felt she was my daughter straight away,” he told Bored Panda about the moment they first met.
Luca initially struggled to adopt due to Italy’s strict adoption laws that only allow single parents to adopt in certain circumstances.
Luca was told by social services that he would only be able to adopt a child with special needs or behavioral issues.
But Luca had experience. He volunteered and worked with people with disabilities since he was 14-years-old, so he was not discouraged.
“I was told that I’d only be given a child with an illness, a severe disability or with behavioral problems,” he told the BBC.
Today, the single dad regularly posts about Alba on his Instagram, uploading a mix of heartwarming photographs that show the father and daughter duo playing together in parks and at home. Check them out, you won’t regret it, but you might suffer from cuteness overload.