Ten years ago, Megan and Justin created a youth ministry for teens with special needs in their hometown. Megan’s mom was a special education teacher and her sister is currently a special education teacher at one of the local high schools. Working with these teens was not unfamiliar for Megan as she’s always been working at Special Olympic events or hanging out with kids with special needs. Justin didn’t have much experience at first but over the years he’s grown to absolutely love the opportunity to work with this group. Justin has since been a Special Olympics coach for basketball, swimming, bowling and track. The more time Megan and Justin spend around these kids, the more their desire to adopt a baby with special needs and specifically Down syndrome grew. We both had a heart for adoption, even before knowing each other, and we were able to make this dream become a reality in 2013, when we adopted our 2nd child Mila who also has Down Syndrome. As our family grew, so did the desire to adopt again and we were ready to re-embark on the journey. In May 2018, when we heard there was another opportunity to adopt a child with Down Syndrome we were very excited but knew the financial impact it would have for our family. In June, we were blessed to start the adoption process for Audrey and this grant is helping us make our dreams become a reality. We are so thankful for those that understand the need for families to adopt children with Down Syndrome and by their generous gifts are making a tremendous impact!
Just wanted to send along a picture of Audrey and a very belated thank you for Audrey’s birthday contribution. We are so thankful for GLADS and all the great work you do! Hope you are enjoying the summer!