13-old-girl with Down Syndrome was rejected by 20 families before Luca Trapanese, a single, gay man from Italy adopted her in 2017.
It's great to read a story about a baby who gets a second chance at life after being abandoned. This one is of a baby girl named Alba who was taken in by a single, gay man named Luca Trapanese – a man from Italy. Luca, by doing so, has challenged stereotypes of fatherhood and marriage. Back in 2017, the 41-year-old adopted his daughter Alba, when she was less than a month old and it did not take too long for Luca's story to garner attention because he did something no one expected. Especially because social services in Italy don’t usually grant custody to single, gay men.
Luca revealed to the media that he was informed he would only be able to adopt a child with either a health or a mental problem, but if the intention was to scare him away from adoption, it backfired. He adopted Alba when she was merely 13 days old. The adorable baby has Down syndrome and she was already rejected by 20 families, which is more in number than the number of days she'd been alive. Luca turned out to be the angel in disguise and saved Alba.
Luca has prior experience with handling children with special needs because he has been working with and volunteering for organizations focused on children with special needs from the age of 14. He also always wanted to become a father, but he had to face certain obstacles because he was and is still single. When he met Alba, he knew she was the one. The sheer happiness in knowing that he would finally become a father as he'd always dreamed of.
“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 said. He got the call regarding the adoption and he instantly said yes. “When I first held her in my arms, I was overcome with joy. I felt she was my daughter straight away,” Luca revealed. “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,” said the young father.
Today, the man’s life revolves around Alba. He says that his daughter “revolutionized his life and everything revolves around her. She brought me happiness and a sense of fulfillment. I am proud to be her dad. I wanted her to be my daughter.” Honestly, news like this makes you believe there is still good in the world and that not everyone has drifted over to the dark side where they just want to kill one another. Cheers to Luca and Alba, and here's hoping they grow wiser and happier with time.