On behalf of the Down Syndrome Association of Central New Jersey, congratulations on the birth of your new baby!
We are a local non-profit parent support group. Most of our members are parents of a child with Down syndrome, and all of us went through a wide range of emotions when we heard the unexpected news that our baby had an extra twenty first chromosome.
We want to welcome you exactly as you are and where you are—be that rejoicing in the life of your child, mourning the loss of certain dreams about your family, timidly beginning to imagine life in a new way, confused or fearful about medical challenges, grateful for your baby boy or girl.
We hope you can enjoy your baby and all the wonderful things about her or him. Our children are living examples that much of the expectations for children with Down syndrome in the past are inaccurate. Today people with Down syndrome are artists and athletes, they graduate from high school and some complete 4-year certificate programs at local colleges, spend time with their friends, and work at a variety of jobs. They love their families. They share hopes and dreams. They are more similar to other children than they are different.