You Are Not Alone
The Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas (DSACT) would like for you to know that you are not alone. As parents, we understand how difficult it is to hear the unexpected news that your baby might have Down syndrome. We offer a safe place to turn to where you can share your feelings and fears with people who have been there. We will reach out to you with compassion and care and will not judge.
There is no right or wrong way to react to a diagnosis. You may experience intense emotions at first: shock, dismay, fear, or anger. These emotions are perfectly normal.
Some expectant parents consider adoption as an option. Many are quite encouraged to learn that there is actually a national waiting list of families wishing to adopt a baby with Down syndrome. Other expectant parents are sad at first, but they make plans to welcome the baby into their lives by gathering information and making adjustments during the pregnancy so that the birth will be a joyous occasion.
Wherever you find yourself this moment, please know that we care and we will try to meet your needs for information and support.
- Our experienced parent volunteers can answer your questions and provide a realistic picture of raising a child with Down syndrome. We are also available to visit on the phone, in person, or by email.
- We provide excellent information packets available to you (see sidebar).
If you are interested in talking to another parent, please call us at (512) 323-0808.
As a parent, your child's health is always at top of mind. See our Health Care page for more on this topic, but here are two important resources specifically for new parents:
Feel free to contact our new parent coordinator, Jeanette Holahan for more information or with any questions at (512) 484-0013 or by email.
New Parents Packet
- NDSS New & Expectant Parents
- Impact of Childhood Disability
- American Academy of Pediatrics: “Health Care Information for Families of Children with Down Syndrome”