Jennifer and James have 10 children, four are biological and six were internationally adopted. Four of their children have special needs including Down syndrome, Autism, Reye’s syndrome, and Moyamoya disease. Jennifer and James have a truly inspiring story and so much love in their family.
Jim is 51 years old and has Down syndrome and his mother, Shirlene, is in her mid-80’s. Shirlene never placed Jim in an institution, like many parents of her generation did, but instead brought him home and treated him like her other children. Shirlene and her husband had never heard of Down syndrome before, they did not know what it was and it devastated them both.
Kecia and Kris have five biological children, one of which has Down syndrome. They also have two adopted children with Down syndrome.
When their third daughter was born, a few minutes after her arrival they were told she had Down syndrome. Kecia and Kris quickly learned to focus on the things she could and would do, and not the things she couldn’t. Since then, they have opened their hearts and home to two more children with Down syndrome who they have adopted from Ukraine
Mckenzie had her first child, whom she named Trevor, and he has Down syndrome. When Mckenzie found out she was pregnant with her second child, Maely Grace, ultrasounds and testing revealed Maely had a Diaphragmatic Hernia, Cystic Hygroma, Renal Agenisis and other issues. Mckenzie was told that with all of Maely’s defects, she would either be stillborn or die shortly after her birth; it was recommended that she terminate the pregnancy.
Amber and Justin found out their baby had issues at a 14-week pre-natal checkup. They were strongly encouraged to abort the baby because the doctors thought the baby had either Trisomy 13- Patau syndrome, 18- Edwards syndrome, or Trisomy 21-Down syndrome. Their decision was more complicated because Amber has multiple sclerosis. They opted to keep the baby, and little Finneas was born with Down syndrome.