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A single gay man has adopted a baby with Down Syndrome after she was rejected by 20 other families.Warm-hearted Luca Trapanese, 41, from Naples, Italy, has documented his new life with his daughter Alba on Instagram while declaring “I am proud to be her dad.”
Alba was put up for adoption by her mother because of her genetic condition, which causes a range of learning challenges. Want to join the family? Sign up to our Kidspot newsletter for more stories like thisdadAlba and Luca. Photo: @Trapalucas Instagram.

Working with disabled children

Luca, who has worked with children with disabilities since his teens, established his own charity in 2007 which offers disabled kids the chance to socialise and develop their talents.

And he knew that despite being a single parent – he had the skills and experience to give Alba a warm and caring home.

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He was granted custody of the vulnerable girl in July 2017 when she was only 13 days old.

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Naaaw. Photo: @Trapalucas Instagram.

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Overcome with joy

Luca told the BBC: “Since I was 14 years old, I have volunteered and worked with the disabled so I felt I had the right knowledge and experience to do it.”

Speaking of the moment he first met his newborn daughter, he said: “When I first held her in my arms, I was overcome with joy.

“I felt she was my daughter straight away.

"It was the first time I held a newborn baby. Before that moment, I have always been scared.

“But, when I first held Alba, I knew I was ready to be her dad.”

Luca has gained an incredible 131,000 fans on Instagram who have followed his journey raising his daughter.

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They have a special bond. Photo: @Trapalucas Instagram.

A sense of fulfillment

He says the child has "revolutionised his life and everything revolves around her."

"She brought me happiness and a sense of fulfilment. I am proud to be her dad," he added.

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And despite Alba being rejected by 20 other families and her own mother, Luca insists he never hesitated in adopting her.

He said: " I wanted her to be my daughter."