Reece Roberts, seven, who has Down syndrome, poses with his father, Rich Roberts, and grandfather Dick Roberts in an undated photo. Reece’s mother, Andrea Roberts, started a Maryland-based organisation called Reece’s Rainbow, which assists couples in adopting children with Down syndrome from other countries. CNS photo

WESTERLY, R.I. – A Maryland-based organisation is working against the trend of aborting Down syndrome babies by placing those children from around the globe with loving families in the United States.

Reece’s Rainbow (www.reecesrainbow.org) assists couples in adopting Down syndrome children from other countries. Founded in June 2006, Reece’s Rainbow has already found families for more than 175 children with Down syndrome from 32 countries around the world.

In the U.S., 90 percent of all prenatal detections of Down syndrome are said to end in abortion.

Reece’s Rainbow is not an adoption agency, but a non-profit, volunteer organisation that serves as a connecting point for Down syndrome children and potential adoptive families. It focuses on saving the lives of children who might otherwise face life, or death, in mental institutions abroad.

The organisation also works to help birth families who choose to keep their children, and helps them begin their own Down syndrome associations that fight for the rights and inclusion of special-needs children in their own countries.

Reece’s Rainbow was founded by Andrea Roberts, who has a Down syndrome child named Reece who has changed her life.

“Yes, my son is the catalyst for Reece’s Rainbow. But I lean on my belief that God has a specific purpose for everyone, and this is His calling for me through Reece,” Ms Roberts said. “Not everyone gets such an obvious call. I spent many years drifting through life, with no idea where I was headed. I love to help others and my love for Reece fuels my passion to defend and protect others like him.”  cns


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