Currently there are hundreds of children with Down syndrome throughout the world that have been abandoned by their birth families because of their perceived disability. It is common practice in many cultures that upon finding out that a newborn child has Down syndrome, that child is immediately placed in an orphanage. This is where the child will stay for their first 5-6 years of life at which time they will be transferred to an adult mental institution. It is not uncommon for many of these children to pass away after being transferred to an institution because of the extremely difficult circumstances found there. You can learn more about this HERE.
There is hope! We have learned from experience that there are many families very eager to adopt these children. In fact, we are confident that most if not all of these children would have a home if we could simply overcome one obstacle, the cost of international adoption. On average, an international adoption ranges from $30,000 – $40,000. This burden is simply too much to handle for many families. However, when at least some of the financial burden of adoption is eased, children and families are united!
This is the purpose of RODS Racing, to raise funding and awareness for Orphans with Down Syndrome and ultimately uniting children with their forever families!