Down Syndrome Adoption

Did you know that nearly 70 percent of babies with a prenatal diagnosis of Down Syndrome are killed?

Would you love to adopt a baby with a diagnosis of Down Syndrome? We invite you to partner with Lutheran Family Service in saving these precious lives through our Down Syndrome Adoption Program!

Lutheran Family Service believes that from the point of fertilization until natural death, every single life has immense value given to us by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. All persons have been created, called and redeemed through Christ.

For you formed my inward parts;
    you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
    my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
    intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
    the days that were formed for me,
    when as yet there was none of them.

Psalm 139:13-16

Our value comes from God and not from the sinful viewpoints of individuals, health insurance companies or the government. Lutheran Family Service advocates for the value of all life, at any age, stage, diagnosis or condition.

Babies with a prenatal diagnosis of Down Syndrome are marginalized and killed. Because of this, we want to help families that understand and love those with Down Syndrome to adopt babies with Down Syndrome, saving them from a likely death.

Lutheran Family Service is able to help a set number of families each year adopt a baby with a diagnosis of Down Syndrome, through our Down Syndrome Adoption Program, providing our services free of charge. This program is made possible because of people who care about life; including unborn babies with a diagnosis of Down Syndrome.


Adoption is a rewarding process, but it can also be a long one. Lutheran Family Service cannot make any guarantee of placement or time frame for the process because it is dependent upon choices made by each adoptive couple, each birth mother, and the nature of each situation.


Applicants must meet the requirements of their State Code regarding adoptions, as well as Lutheran Family Service’s own requirements:

  • Male/female couple married at least 3 years
  • Active members in a Christian congregation
  • Good mental, emotional and physical health

To learn more about our Down Syndrome Adoption Program, please fill out the adoption information request form today!

Doctors tell pregnant women that Down Syndrome is a terrible thing, a burden and to abort their baby. But, when you talk to parents of children with Down Syndrome, they feel like they've won the lottery. Down Syndrome is nothing to be afraid of.

- Grant & Sarah De Jong - parents of five amazing children, including Cheyenne, with Down Syndrome

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