New Parents

Halifax NS DSS is happy to assist you & answer questions in person. Where possible we can chat on the phone or make a visit to your house. Halifax NS DSS is a volunteer organization of parents and support persons. We would be happy to share our experiences with you!

Please contact Kim Hanko for more information on New Parent support,

For general questions contact us at

While you may have been surprised to learn your baby has Down syndrome, know your child will be a wonderful addition to your family.

Babies with Down syndrome need what all babies need -cuddles, nourishment, and love. They will grow, learn and develop, reaching childhood milestones- just at their own rate. Although your baby may have some physical characteristics common to people with Down syndrome, he or she will also look like members of your family.

Your baby also needs health care, a rich stimulating environment and the company of family and friends. A good starting point would be to contact your local Early Intervention program. You can find a link to the Early Intervention Nova Scotia website on our Links page. The brochures “Your child with Down syndrome” and “Celebrate Being” explain some of the characteristics of individuals with Down syndrome, including possible health and developmental issues. You can download these brochures by clicking on the links below.

Celebrate Being About the CDSS
Celebrate Being About Down Syndrome
Your Child with Down Syndrome

If you would like more information on Down syndrome or would appreciate speaking to a parent for a more personal account of how Down syndrome has affected their life and the lives of their loved ones, please contact the HNSDSS through the website or email address listed below.

Download our new parent package here to learn more from other NS parents with children with DS:  New Parents Package, HNSDSS

We also encourage you to join our Facebook group: Halifax NSDSS (closed membership).

Kim Hanko, Halifax NS DSS board member, New Parent Support: