KAVITA BALUNI, MOMMY TO VEDA
Kavita Baluni, likes to be known as a ‘wanderer and mommy to Veda through adoption’. Leading by example and putting her experience to good use, Kavita devotes a lot of her time towards raising awareness on adoption and Down Syndrome. Known as the first couple in India to adopt a child with Down Syndrome, she is eager for many more to follow and is here on The Wonder Women World to share her experience and what she beautifully calls ‘a blessed life’ after Veda.
Kavita, echoes what Smriti Gupta said (click to read that interview), that Indians are not at all open for special needs adoption. She says, “The search for a perfect healthy kid hinders the people in general to come forward for such adoptions. There is also a stigma associated with disabilities in our country. Though time has changed and more people are coming forward for special needs adoption, yet the count in our country is very low.”
Kavita feels that some factors that hamper the decision making process include family ideologies, societal pressure, lack of awareness and ignorance about disability. Also adoption, in many cases is an option for those are not able to have biological kids so they seek perfection in the child they adopt. The general perception that all kids with special needs are alike and will be dependent on their parents their entire life adds to the hesitation that couples have to adopt children with special needs.
Kavita never misses an opportunity to influence these mindsets or dispel the myths around special needs adoption. She urges people to focus on abilities rather than disabilities. “Many people will tell you about the things your kid won’t be able to do but nobody knows their capabilities to accomplish something in their life.”
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