I am Leanne and my family is made up of me, my partner Kim and our beautiful kids , Soldier, Ryder and Vera-May

When did you become a mom for the first time?

We became moms is 2012. We registered an NPO and started taking in abandoned children.
Soldier was our very first baby. A beautiful 6 month old boy who we fell in love with instantly.

Vera-May is also adopted. We saw a photo of her on a friends Facebook and even though we didn’t have any intention of adopting again, especially because our 2 other adopted boys have special needs. But we knew this little girl was going to become our daughter. We met her and went to court just before Christmas in 2017.

What is the hardest part about being a mom of a child born with Down Syndrome?

The hardest part I think is communication. She has so much understanding but only has limited words that only we understand.

What do you do just for you?

We don’t get much us time. We have 3 adopted kids and 7 foster kids. But we do enjoy going to the movies sometimes.

Favorite guilty pleasure?

When the kids are in bed we have a secret stash of huge amounts of chocolate. Chocolate makes our middle son and Vera super hyper.

If you had to pick the soundtrack of your life what would it be?

My soundtrack would probably be a Pink song.

What is the kindest thing that someone has done for you?

I think every time my partner lets me sleep in. 

What does Down Syndrome Awareness Month mean to you?

Down syndrome awareness means we get to stand up and show the world how proud we are of our kids, it’s a time to celebrate our kids and all their accomplishments.

If you could change one thing in the world to make it an easier and better place for your child, what would it be?

For all schools to learn basic sign language to communicate not only with our kids but all kids / adults with communication challenges. Oh and more schools to include our kids. We definitely need more of those.

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