Welcome New Parents
We welcome your new baby into the world!
The arrival of a new baby is an event filled with joy; but the news that your baby was born with Down syndrome may also be overwhelming. Many people are not sure what to say on the birth of your child. We do… Congratulations!
Down Syndrome Network of Oregon is a faith-based, non-profit organization consisting of parents and family of children with Down syndrome. Together, we share our experiences and support each of our unique journeys. We want to be present to support you and help as a strong resource.
How We Can Help
DSNO hosts a variety of local events and activities to support parents raise a child with Down syndrome. Our goal is to create an inclusive environment where parents and friends of children with Down syndrome can gather to share their experiences and celebrate their joy.
Not only do we exchange information and discuss community resources, we have fun. Our events vary from social family outings to a Mom’s coffee meetings. We welcome your short or long-term participation and encourage you to give one of us a call.
Basket of Hope
The Basket of Hope is our way of reaching out to you. It is filled with a few resources to help you learn more about how Down syndrome might affect your child and your family. Unlike the pamphlets that you receive from your physician, the materials DSNO provides offer an uplifting, positive – and often humorous – look at raising a child with Down syndrome.
We hope that the books and media that we have provide allow you to get excited about the arrival of your new baby. They answer some questions you might have about the ups and downs of the upcoming years.
The Basket of Hope program is designed to encourage and support you and your child with Down Syndrome. You will discover that there are similar families that have seen a joyful light in their child with Down Syndrome
The Basket of Hope is made possible through a generous grant from The Donald C. and Elizabeth M. Dickinson Foundation.
“In my 19th week of pregnancy, my husband I learned that our baby boy would be born with Down syndrome. The next three months were the toughest mental and physical journey of my life.
Since there were few support resources, I looked to other parents of children with Down syndrome for strength and support. Out of their support grew DSNO.
Today as I watch our rambuctious boy playing in the surf on his boogie board, it is hard to remember some of those earlier heartbreaking days. Someone told me eight years ago that life would be the same again, only better. And she was right.”