Episode 45: Adoption & Down Syndrome w/Stephanie Thompson from the NDSAN
“My doctor told me that my baby would have Down Syndrome and then they brought up termination, so I came home and googled Down Syndrome and adoption and you were the first thing that came up..” the beginning of countless conversations Stephanie Thompson shares with expectant parents. A mother of a 27-year-old son with Down Syndrome herself, Stephanie has walked through those scary stages of the diagnosis process and now walks other parents through this journey. Knowing the uncertainty that accompanies most diagnoses, and the desire of many to parent a child with Down Syndrome, Stephanie created the National Down Syndrome Adoption Network. The NDSAN provides support, education, and counseling to parents expecting a baby with Down Syndrome. Most importantly, they provide options, including adoption. Mercedes and her family are among the many who have connected to their child through the NDSAN’s free services. Thanks to Stephanie’s counseling and guidance 6 years ago, Mercedes and her husband Andy became parents to Sunny.
Today, we are so excited to interview Stephanie Thompson and share more information about the National Down Syndrome Adoption Network! Join us for a fun conversation with an extraordinary narrative shifter and don’t forget to keep shouting the worth of people with Down Syndrome wherever you go!
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