Dear New Parent,

Congratulations on the birth of your new baby. The birth of a child is a time to celebrate new life. Your new child came with a surprise and you have turned down a path that you did not expect. We realize that you have a swirl of questions. As a fellow parent, I understand that you are experiencing a lot of emotions right now and may not be sure where to turn.

Let me assure, you are not alone. If you are like most new parents, you aren’t sure what Down syndrome means to your child and family and we realize that you have entered a whole new world that may be confusing and overwhelming. It is our hope that through information and support, you will be able to understand the diagnosis and find your peace with it. The diagnosis may seem big now, but over time as you learn more about Down syndrome it will diminish in its definition of who your child is. Everyone’s pace is different, so take your time, and go at your pace.

Down syndrome in the 21st Century is a whole new world. Because of specialized services and targeted research, the life of individuals with Down syndrome has dramatically changed over recent years. There is a community here in Central Texas with resources and services available to you at no cost. All it takes is a single phone call or email to the Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas (DSACT), a non-profit organization that supports individuals with Down syndrome and their families.

We have a team of parents who are available to help answer questions and offer support. We are here to talk to you at any time, whether it is in the hospital, at your home, or over the phone. As parents, we have a good understanding of what you are going through, since we have been where you are. We will also bring you a New Parent Packet which is filled with information and resources.

If you are interested in talking to another parent, please call DSACT at 512-323-0808 or send an email to, or fill out the New Member Form. We will have one of our New Parent Volunteers contact you.

Again, congratulations on the birth of your new baby. And Welcome to a wonderful journey. Your child has a bright future!
— Jeanette Holahan - New Parent Coordinator
Jeanette and Sydney Holahan

Jeanette and Sydney Holahan