Definite Market for Kindness
Upon reading this economist's site, I found an entry that really stood out to me regarding the increased demand to adopt children with Down Syndrome. While I would have never thought of such a "market" if you will, I was amazed to read stories of various families' willingness to raise, and nurture children with Down Syndrome. In fact one family, the Steele's, who had adopted a daughter with the disability, found the experience so enriching, that they now work to match up willing families with children who need a family, and happen to have Down Syndrome. The article highlighted the fact that such longings from families has evolved from a time when many many disabled children posessed a strong negative social stigma. In fact, things have evolved such that the Steele's said they have families on waiting lists for the opportunity to adopt children with Down Syndrome. Aside from the fact that this trend represents a more tolerant, informed, and caring society, it clearly shows that families wanting to adopt children with disabilities are making up more than a grain of sand in society, but rather comprise of a growing demographic with the need for quality information, and services regarding their choice to adopt a disabled child.
Posted by Blake at 2/18/2006 11:51:00 AM