CONGRATULATIONS on the birth — or expected birth — of your grandchild!
The birth of a baby is, and should be, a time for celebrating and the feeling of joy. This little baby may not be as you have dreamed, but please let us assure you that he or she is more like other babies than unlike. Just like all babies, this child needs the whole family for nurturing, guidance, safe-keeping and, most importantly, love and acceptance.
We realize that with the birth of a child with Down syndrome the whole family may have entered into a whole new world — one that can be confusing and filled with mixed emotions at first. It is our hope that through information and support you will be able to gain an understanding of your feelings, of the baby’s special needs and of the love this child has to offer to everyone in his/her life.
We encourage you to learn as much about Down syndrome as you can at this time, so you can be a strong support to the new parents. But remember to treat this baby as you would any other grandchild, because infants with Down syndrome are babies first and foremost.
If you would like to request an information packet for yourself, please contact our New Parent & Family Outreach Coordinator. A donation of $30.00 for the information packet is suggested. They are free, however, to new and expectant parents, so if the new parents have not yet received a packet, please have them contact us.
Join us on the 2nd Monday of each month at the USOD office from 10-11:30am for our Grandparents Support Group.