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Family & Relationships 'I'm proud to be her dad': Single gay father, 41, adopts baby girl with Down's syndrome after she is rejected by TWENTY families

18:40  29 november  2019
18:40  29 november  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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A SINGLE gay man has adopted a baby with Down ’ s Syndrome after she was rejected by 20 other families . He was granted custody of the vulnerable girl in July 2017 when she was only 13 days old. I am proud to be her dad . Single parent Luca Trapanese. “ I felt she was my daughter straight

Single father , 41 , who adopted a baby girl with Down ' s syndrome who was REJECTED by 20 families says she felt like his daughter the moment he first held her in his arms. Luca Trapanese from Italy, adopted his daughter Alba, when she was 13 days old. Custody of children is not commonly

A single father has revealed the joy his adopted daughter with Down's syndrome has brought to his life, after she was rejected by 20 other families.

Luca Trapanese, 41, from Naples, Italy, who adopted his daughter, Alba, when she was just 13-days-old has gained thousands of followers on Instagram from sharing their lives together.

'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, after Alba's mother gave her up because she had Down's syndrome.

Luca claims that as a single gay man, he was told by social services that he would only be able to adopt a child with special needs or behavioural issues. But having volunteered and worked with people with disabilities since his teens, he was not deterred.

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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 Luca was told that he could only adopt a baby with special needs who had been previously rejected by traditional families .

He said: '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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The singleton had always wanted to be a father but was aware that social services in Italy don't usually grant custody to single, homosexual men.

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When Luca Trapanese learned there was a little girl with Down syndrome in need of a home, he did what any single , 41 -year-old gay guy would do… Luca, who lives in Italy and says he always wanted to be a father , adopted Alba in 2017. Barely two weeks old, she had already been rejected by 20

She had always dreamed of having a family – mother, father , two children. But in her late 30s, Jilly But things turned out to be a bit more complicated than that. Today I ’ m 41 and have a daughter There was a baby girl , five weeks old, who had Down ’ s syndrome and desperately needed a family .

He went through a lengthy process before becoming a proud father who is now challenging the perception of parenting as a single dad.

He continued: '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 spent his teens visiting his best friend Diego in hospital, helping him with his homework as he battled terminal cancer.

'His parents had to work so most of the time it was just the two of us. I stayed with him all throughout this terribly, sad, painful experience right up until the very end,' he told the BBC.

Luca adopted Alba (pictured being fed for one of the first times) when she was just 13-days old, she was given up for adoption by her mother because she has Down's Syndrome© Provided by Daily Mail Luca adopted Alba (pictured being fed for one of the first times) when she was just 13-days old, she was given up for adoption by her mother because she has Down's Syndrome

He continued: 'Diego's death left me with a profound awareness of what living with an illness meant, that's why I started volunteering with a church in Naples to help critically ill people and kids with disabilities.'

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Luca adopted a beautiful little girl named Alba in 2017. She was only 13 days old and had Down ’ s syndrome , which was the reason her mother gave her He also stated that it was the first time he had ever held a newborn baby . He was scared, but once he first held Alba, he knew he was ready to be

Alba had also been rejected by over 20 families . “ I knew I was ready to be her dad .” Not wanting to be overwhelmed with parenting advice, Trapanese took baby Alba to his family house out in the “ I think mine and Alba’ s story shatters so many stereotypes about fatherhood, religion, and family .”

After training in a Catholic seminary at around the age of 25, Luca fell in love with a man who he spent 11 years dating.

The pair founded their own charity to help people with disabilities and often spoke of adopting their own child.

He said: 'Unfortunately a few years ago we broke up. I moved into a house by myself and it was really challenging because I still wanted to become a father, but at the time in Italy it wasn't possible for a single parent to adopt.

'Then things changed and at the beginning of 2017 I was able to apply for adoption, I was told I would only be given a child with problems.'

He wrote on his application form that he was happy to adopt a child regardless of their health conditions and was paired with Alba in July.

Luca revealed he's proud to be Alba's father and adopting her has given him a sense of fulfillment. Pictured: The pair at home together brushing Alba's teeth before bedtime© Provided by Daily Mail Luca revealed he's proud to be Alba's father and adopting her has given him a sense of fulfillment. Pictured: The pair at home together brushing Alba's teeth before bedtime

Luca spent the first few days with Alba alone, but admits he was frightened to hold a newborn baby before they connected.

'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,' he added.

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A young girl ’ s fortunes have changed after she was rejected first by her mother, who disowned her the moment she was born, then by her biological father , and finally by 20 potential adoptive families . But, her life took a significant turn when Luca Trapanese held her in his arms and decided to give her a

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He then organised a party to introduce her to friends, family and those involved with his charity.

'My two mothers did end up telling me I was holding her the wrong way and even now they keep finding something to criticize me about,' he said.

'They're two amazing grandmothers and they're very caring, they love looking after Alba and I'm glad they're both in our lives.'

The 41-year-old revealed Alba has a strong personality and loves being around people.

The 41-year-old has published a book recounting his life with Alba.

Luca now boast over 130,000 followers on Instagram, receiving a flood of praise from those who've been inspired by his selfless love.

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A young girl ' s fortunes have changed after she was rejected first by her mother, who disowned her the moment she was born, then by her biological father , and finally by 20 potential adoptive families . But, her life took a significant turn when Luca Trapanese held her in his arms and decided to give her a

41 -year-old Luca Trapanese always wanted to be a dad . But when he and his partner split up, his dream to be a father stayed with him. Alba had already been rejected by more than 20 families . “ I ’ m proud to be her dad .” What are your thoughts on this? Let us know in the comments section and

Recently one wrote: 'You're an inspiration to man kind!! Honestly there should be more men like you'

Another said: 'I love your unconditional love, you are an example of humanity'

A third added:  'You're an AMAZING man!! God will bless you for giving this chance to such a beautiful baby girl! #FatherOfTheYear'

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