From Colombian Orphan with Down Syndrome To Becoming Target’s Latest Model

By Kat Abianac / September 25, 2015

Kayella Aschoff is a beautiful 4 year old from Minnesota.

She has Down syndrome and began her life in an orphanage in Colombia, before coming home as the first child of the Aschoff family when she was 9 months old. She has a brother Leo, who also has Down syndrome and was adopted.

child with Down syndrome first birthday

Kayella on her 1st Birthday, soon after her adoption

“We wanted to be parents and knew what we were open to,” says her mother, Jodi. “Our agency approached us with her file and we were interested in adopting her. When we chose to adopt our son, we knew we wanted another child with Down syndrome. We knew mostly what to expect and had lots of specialists lined up. It’s not any harder than any other international adoption.”

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