OKSANA for Robel Family


“Adopting that child will be the best thing you could ever do for Alaina”

Those were the words of advice from our dear friend Florence.   She should know.  She adopted her son Josh  after his birth mother placed him for adoption when he was diagnosed with Down syndrome shortly after birth.  Florence’s biological son, James who also has Down syndrome was only a year old at the time.   Today, Josh and James at the ages of 26 and 27 are as close as brothers can be.   They are now living on their own together.  They look out for each other and maintain a very busy social calendar, together.  After finding Reece’s Rainbow and our beautiful Kristina, we decided that we wanted to do for our Alaina what Florence did for James….to give her a sister to grow up with and a life long friend.

We watched that friendship start to bloom within 24 hours of bringing Kristina home from Ukraine.  Now after 2 months, they are the best of friends.  They love each other and do not like to be separated.   We know that together, Alaina and Kristina will let others see how much potential people with Down syndrome have and how their abilities far out weigh their disabilities.   They will educate thei.r world just as much as they will learn from it. We are blessed to have been given the opportunity to parent these 2 beautiful children.