An openly gay, Catholic man has challenged the stereotypes of fatherhood, religion, and family in his country of Italy by adopting Alba, a toddler with Down Syndrome, who was rejected by over twenty different families
Luca's story has gone viral for several reasons, paramount of which may be the fact that social services don’t often grant custody to a single, homosexual man.
Keep scrolling for the full story, and to see the adorable pictures of Luca and Alba together...
Adopting a child is never going to be an easy process.
via: GettyTaking in a child to raise as your own will always be a momentous decision, and therefore the process to become a parent is a long and emotional one.
However, there are certain children who may never get adopted...
via: GettyMany children with mental and physical disabilities often find themselves as orphans for the majority of their childhoods.
And this makes it harder for them to find adoptive parents.
via: GettyBecause of the higher levels of care required for disabled children, many parents-to-be are put off adopting these children with additional needs.
Most people look only to adopt children with no special needs or disabilities...
via: GettyHowever, some were born to look after those who require a little more care than others.