There’s nothing more heartwarming than reading stories about abandoned children who finally get to go home to loving parents. Now it’s time for you to meet Luca Trapanese – a man from Italy who is challenging the stereotypes of fatherhood, religion, and family in his home country. Back in 2017, the 41-year-old adopted his daughter Alba, when she was not even a month old. Luca’s story has gone viral for several reasons – one of which is that Luca is gay and single and the social services in Italy don’t usually grant custody to single, homosexual men. Luca later told the media that he was told he would only be able to adopt a child with health or behavioral problems. But that didn’t scare him away.
This Single Dad Adopted A Baby Girl With Down Syndrome Who Was Rejected By 20 Families
Luca Trapanese – a 41-year-old single man from Italy – adopted Alba when she was merely 13 days old. The little girl has Down’s Syndrome and was given up for adoption by her mother because of it. It wasn’t easy to find a new family for baby Alba – 20 families rejected the newborn because of her condition. But fortunately, Luca turned up and Alba’s life changed forever.
Ever since Luca was 14, he had been working and volunteering for organizations focused on children with special needs. He also always wanted to become a father, however, this posed certain struggles, as he was (and still is) single. Fortunately, in 2017 he was finally given permission to adopt under one condition.
The girl has down syndrome
Due to which she was previously rejected by 20 families
But Alba’s condition did not scare Luca away as he was determined to become a father
Luca himself had worked in care centers for people with special needs
Luca was told that he could only adopt a baby with special needs who had been previously rejected by traditional families. Luca was in 7th heaven – he knew he was finally bound to become a father, just like he always dreamed. “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,” Luca told the media.
In July 2017, he got the call he was waiting for so long – it was the tribunal that informed him of a baby girl. Luca listened to her story and without any hesitation instantly said yes and rushed to the hospital to meet his daughter. “When I first held her in my arms, I was overcome with joy. I felt she was my daughter straight away,” Luca revealed.
So he wasn’t afraid of the challenges he could face while raising Alba