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Before A Single Man Adopted An “Unusual” Girl, 20 Families Had Previously Rejected Her

The heartwarming story of Luca Trapanese and his daughter Alba has touched hearts worldwide. Alba, a child with Down syndrome, faced rejection from her biological mother and twenty prospective adoptive families. However, Luca, a 41-year-old Italian man, defied adoption norms, especially in Italy, by becoming Alba’s father, challenging stereotypes about fatherhood and family.

In Italy, adoptions by single or gay parents have historically been complex. Luca was told he would only be allowed to adopt a child with severe health issues, disabilities, or behavioral problems, a condition he wholeheartedly accepted.

In 2017, Luca adopted Alba when she was just 13 days old after twenty other families declined due to her medical conditions. Luca’s love for Alba is evident as he proudly states, “She brought me happiness and fulfillment. I’m proud to be her dad.”

Luca had always dreamed of becoming a father and had worked in facilities for individuals with special needs. He was deeply committed to helping others, and his dedication continued even in his spare time, where he assisted the seriously ill and disabled through Catholic-affiliated charities.

Alba, a spirited and occasionally stubborn child, has brought immense joy into Luca’s life. He described the moment he first held her, saying, “When I first held Alba, I knew I was ready to be her dad. I felt she was my daughter straight away.”

As a single parent without a girlfriend, Luca and Alba have formed a loving family. Luca’s Instagram account, with over 320,000 followers, offers a glimpse into their daily adventures, travels, and quality time together. Their bond has grown stronger during the pandemic as they explore Italy, enjoy the great outdoors, create art, socialize, and savor delicious meals.

Luca Trapanese’s journey and his unconditional love for Alba are a testament to the power of love and the unbreakable bond between a father and his daughter. They offer Alba a promising future filled with love and support.