One in every 700 babies in the U.S. is born with Down syndrome. Sometimes parents aren't sure they can take care of them, so the newborns enter the foster care system.
Down syndrome is the most common genetic conditions where individuals have an extra portion of the 21st chromosome in some or all of their cells.
And with quality education, a stimulating environment and positive support from families, Stories of Adoption organizers hope every child will grow up to lead fulfilling lives.
As a 16-year-old student at Roosevelt High School, Jordan Mogck loves life and everyone in it.
"I love babies, I love boys, I love girls," Jordan said.
But this life is a blessing she wasn't born into. Jordan spent her first few months of life in foster care. Then she was adopted by Dede Mogck.
"I can't explain how wonderful it's been and I wouldn't trade it for the world," Dede said. "It's the best decisions I ever made in my life and it took my life on a whole different road."
And while raising a child with Down syndrome can be difficult at times, Dede says it's even more rewarding.
"I think sometimes reaching the milestones are sweeter," Dede said. "Those first steps when Jordan was 19 months, they were so sweet."
Christie Bowar became involved in a network of parents with children with Down syndrome called New Directions after giving birth to her son Wrigley.
"We are thankful it happened to us. It's been a great journey and he's only three. We have many more years to go and we see the possibilities these kids have," Bowar said.
This week, Bowar and New Directions are hosting an event called "Stories of Adoption" to help encourage families to adopt children with Down syndrome.
"If there is any question at all, it can change your life. It's been an amazing experience for us," Bowar said.
The event is Sunday October 21 starting at 2:00 p.m. at Bethany Christian Services located at 400 S. Sycamore Avenue.
For more information, call 605-336-6999.