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

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.

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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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About Kat Abianac

Kat is a writer and a passionate advocate for inclusion in the media and advertising. She has two children, one with Down syndrome. Use the 'contact us' tab on this site to request her media kit or to get in touch. You may republish content from on your own site, provided a pingback is made to her original article and she is fully credited as author.


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