Luca Trapanese, an openly gay catholic man, was born and bred in Italy. Luca was keen to start his own family, and he was willing to adopt any child in need of a home. After many years of searching for a child, he was finally matched with a little girl named Alba, and their adorable story has gone completely viral.
Adopting is A Difficult Process
For most people, adopting a child is a long and arduous process. It takes a long time for the agencies to check all of the paperwork and ensure that the child is going to the right home.
The adoption agencies try their best to ensure that the children are matched with the right parents, and they want their lives to be stable as possible when they move into their adoptive homes.
Not All Kids Find A Home Easily
Although there are a lot of people looking to adopt children, it can sometimes be hard for certain children to find a home. A lot of Adoptive parents only want to adopt young or newborn babies and this leaves a lot of children out of the running when it comes to adoption.
As a result of this, many children that are older or disabled spend a long time living in foster homes.
Children With Disabilities Often Have a Hard Time
Due to the fact that parents are so selective when it comes to what type of children they will adopt, disabled children find it more difficult than anyone to find their forever family.
Many parents will not even consider adopting children with disabilities, even if their disabilities and health problems are mild. Despite the fact that disabled children are the most in need of a stable home, parents are unwilling to adopt them.
Adoptive Parents Often Worry About Children With Disabilities
Some people don’t understand why people won’t adopt disabled children, but most people agree that caring for disabled children is very difficult.
They often have special needs that need caring for, and many new parents are concerned that they won’t be able to look after the children properly. Unfortunately, this means that children with disabilities often go their whole life without being adopted by a permanent family, and they have to live in orphanages or foster homes.
Some People Feel Differently
However, some people don’t see adopting disabled children as a problem. In fact, some people, like Luca Trapanese, have huge hearts that they are willing to open to any child in need of a home.
For Luca, adopting a disabled child was never an issue. He had spent a lot of his life trying to help those less fortunate than him, and he had a lot of experience working with disabled kids.
Luca Was Keen to Adopt
Ever since being a child, Luca had always known that he wanted to have his own family. He was a catholic man, and he wanted to raise a family of his own, and share his religion and values with his children.
However, Luca was in a tricky situation. Firstly, he was single so adoption was his only option. He is also gay, which means that he wouldn’t be able to have his own children.
He Wasn’t Going To Let Circumstances Stop Him
Despite the difficulties he faces, Luca was determined to have his own family and care for children. He was a very caring man, and he wanted to have the chance to care for a child in need.
Luca knew that there were thousands of children in Italy in need of a home. However, he never anticipated how hard it would be for him to adopt a child that needed a home.
Luca Faced Some Prejudice
As soon as Luca got into the adoption process, he realized that it wasn’t going to be simple. He was facing the same problems that many prospective adopters face, but he had bigger problems to deal with.
Due to his relationship status and sexuality, Luca was being overlooked time and time again. The adoption agencies didn’t want to give him a child because they preferred to adopt children to young heterosexual couples.
The Adoption Agency Gave Luca Some News
Shortly after getting into the adoption process, Luca was given some advice. He was told that he would find it really hard to adopt because he was single. Luca wasn’t surprised because he already knew this, but then the advisor told him something else.
They then told Luca that he would only be able to adopt a child with health or behavioral problems. The adoption agency thought this might put Luca off, but they were wrong.
Luca Was Up For The Challenge
When he got this news, Luca didn’t feel worried. He had no problem with adopting a disabled child as he had a lot of experience working with children with disabilities. Luca just wanted a child, and he didn’t care if they had disabilities or behavioral difficulties, as Luca was prepared for anything.
He decided to continue on through the adoption process and he anxiously waited for news about his application.
After Years Of Waiting, Luca Got Some News
Due to the difficulties, Luca had waited years for any news about his adoption application. Finally, he received a call from the adoption agency that left him stunned. They had finally found a potential child for him. They had matched him with a little girl that had a really tough start in life.
Alba Had Had A Tough Time
The adoption agent told Luca all about Alba. He explained that she had been abandoned by her real mother at a young age. Although they had tried to find a family for Alba, she had already been rejected 20 times by other families.
She Was A Unique Little Girl
Alba’s mother had abandoned her because she was born with a genetic disorder called Down Syndrome. Her mother had been worried that she didn’t know how to care for her. Luca was excited to meet Alba and hoped that they would be the right match.
Luca Couldn’t Wait To Meet Her
Luca learned all about Alba’s past and her medical condition, but it didn’t put him off. He thought that Alba sounded perfect for him, and he had no worries about caring for a child with down syndrome. He’s already had a lot of experience in this area.
Luca Worked For A Down Syndrome Charity
Luca does a lot of charity work and in the past, he had worked with children with Down Syndrome at the charity “A Ruota Libera”. He helped to teach then day-to-day skills to help them to get by in life.
Alba and Luca Immediately Hit It Off
In the first meeting, Luca fell in love with Alba. She was full of character and absolutely stunning. Luca felt instantly relaxed caring for Alba, and Alba seemed to like him too. Luca knew she was the right child for him and he was keen to finalize the adoption.
It Took A While to Get Everything Sorted Out
After meeting Alba, Luca was keen to take her home and start building their family. However, there was a lot of paperwork to do before they could start their lives together, and Luca had to wait patiently before he could bring Alba to her new home.
Finally, They Became A Family
Luca fought many battles with the adoption agency to adopt Alba but after months and months, he finally got to bring her home. Luca immediately knew that he had done the right thing when he brought Alba home, and Alba thrived in his care.
Caring For Alba Was A Learning Curve
After just a few weeks with Alba, Luca realized the challenge that he had taken on. Like any toddler, she was a handful, but her unique character only made Luca love her more. He was intent on being the best parent he could to his beloved daughter.
Luca Wanted to Document Her Life
After Alba and Luca had been together for a while, Luca began thinking about their unique situation and he decided that he wanted to share his experience with the world. He decided to make an Instagram account to share pictures of their journey.
He Hoped He Could Inspire Others
Luca’s adoption journey had been difficult, and he hoped he could raise awareness of this. He also wanted to encourage people to consider adopting disabled children. Luca said: “I think mine and Alba’s story shatters so many stereotypes about fatherhood, religion, and family. But I didn’t mean it to be that way – this is nothing but our life story.”
Luca and Alba’s Story Took The Internet by Strom
It didn’t take long before news of Luca’s adorable Instagram account got around the internet. People couldn’t get enough of the adorable pictures of baby Alba and they commended Luca on his kindness and determination in adopting Alba. Day by day, Luca’s follower count grew higher than he had ever anticipated.
The Pictures are Super Cute
Luca decided to share pictures of growing Alba on Instagram so that his followers could understand the trials and tribulations of raising a toddler with Down Syndrome. From the pictures, it’s clear to see that Luca and Alba are the perfect little family.
Alba is Growing Fast
Alba is blossoming since she met her new Daddy, and she’s learning a ton of new skills. Since moving in with her Dad she’s started learning to brush her own teeth, and she’s even had swimming lessons which she loves.
Luca Hopes His Story Will Inspire Change in The World
Luca has received a lot of publicity in Italy since adopting Alba and he hopes that he can encourage people to adopt disabled children. He also tried hard to continue his charity work and help less fortunate children. Alba really did get lucky finding such as a wonderful Dad in Luca.