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Single Dad Adopts Little Girl With Down Syndrome After She Was Rejected By 20 Families

Baby Alba was just 14 days old when she was adopted by Luca Trapanese, 41, but she’d already been rejected by 20 families for being born with Down syndrome.

“When I held her in my arms, I was filled with joy,” he told the BBC. “I felt she was my daughter immediately. I knew I was ready to be her father.”

Luca, a single father in Naples Italy, began sharing photos of his new life with his precious Alba and quickly gained thousands of Instagram followers who were inspired by the baby and his selfless commitment to caring for her.

Alba is now a year and a half old and Luca has published a book about their father-daughter story that challenges perceptions of single-parenting. He says his book “destroys many stereotypes about fatherhood, religion, and family.”

In Italy, adoption laws typically exclude single parents from gaining custody of a child, unless the child has developmental disabilities of some kind.

As a single, gay man Luca claims he was told by social services that he would only be able to adopt a child with special needs or behavioral issues.

Luca, however, had always wanted to be a dad and was not deterred by the challenges of raising a special needs child. He’d spent his teens working with disabled children and felt prepared to bring Alba into his care.

“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 says Alba has a strong personality and loves people.

“She brought me happiness and a sense of fulfillment. I am proud to be her dad. I wanted her to be my daughter,” he says.

“I will spend the rest of my life with a girl I love, and we will do many wonderful things together.”

Susan LaMarca

Written by Susan LaMarca