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Adopted boy with Down syndrome is surprised to be reunited with his biological mother

A teenager with Down syndrome can barely contain his emotions after opening his car door and discovering his biological mother a year after adoption.

The Down Syndrome Adoption Network has helped remove many children from care to help them find family affection. Closely supporting this cause is the Pinkerton family, which has received at least five boys with the condition in the past decade.

The newest in their pack is 16-year-old Devlin Cropley, whom they met last year, first coming in contact via FaceTime. Shannon Pinkerton, 50, spent the next weeks communicating with the teenager and his mother, Robin Barrett.

A teenager with down syndrome meets his mother. | Photo: tiktok.com/pinkertonboysadventures

Under the guidance of several social workers, the mother-of-five finally welcomed Devlin to her home in Wyoming in October 2020.

Remarkably, the boy was unprepared to leave his biological mother behind in Boston, Massachusetts. The boy will miss his mother for the next few months and never shy away from telling it to his new family.

However, restrictions on COVID-19 and the distance between them prevent the mother and child from seeing each other. Ultimately, the Pinkertons have found a way to close that gap, especially as the pandemic is easing in various states.

They planned a surprise reunion for teens on September 12, almost a year after the breakup. The Pinkertons bought a plane ticket to Wyoming so Devlin’s mother flew to Boston.

After making the trip, they hid her in the back seat of a car parked outside Devlin’s favorite restaurant. A video shared by Shannon on TikTok arrested emotional moment.

One user’s comment on a video of a teen with down syndrome meeting his mother. | Photo: tiktok.com/pinkertonboysadventures

The clip shows Devlin walking around outside the restaurant. Seeing his adoptive mother, he walks towards her as she tells how much she misses him. When the boy admitted that he missed her too, Shannon urged him to get her bag from the backseat.

However, when the boy pulled open the car door, what was waiting for him was not a bag but his biological mother, whom he had been yearning for for months.

He quickly jumped into her arms, calling her mother. After the emotional reunion, Robin stayed with the Pinkertons for five days before heading back to Boston.

One user’s comment on a video of a teen with down syndrome meeting his mother. | Photo: tiktok.com/pinkertonboysadventures

She left her son behind once again knowing he is much happier with her new siblings, including Julian, 18, Joey, 21, Cameron, 21, Anthony, 22 and Tracey is 25 years old.

Several TikTok users reacted to the post, which has garnered more than 844k views. Comment on the post, a TikToker Written:

“You are a real blessing. His biological mother knows you are the one he needs and you know he still needs her. What a beautiful story!”

One user’s comment on a video of a teen with down syndrome meeting his mother. | Photo: tiktok.com/pinkertonboysadventures

Others admitted the reunion brought them to tears, especially Devlin’s reaction, which left them simultaneously excited and skeptical. One person commented shared:

“If only ten percent of the world had your heart, imagine how much better it would be. Thank you and God bless you.”

One user’s comment on a video of a teen with down syndrome meeting his mother. | Photo: tiktok.com/pinkertonboysadventures

While many consider Shannon and her husband angels for adopting Down syndrome children and giving them a family, couple believe that they are only contributing their little to society by doing what is asked of them.

They hope their actions will create awareness about adoption, especially those related to children with special needs.

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Tom Vazquez

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