Hannah and Kai Freeland, siblings by adoption, walk hand-in-hand as the end of their weekly Tuesday evening swimming lesson on Nov. 18, 2014 at the Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre draws near. Their adopted parents Anne and Bob teach the class for their three children with Down syndrome— Kai, Grace, and Hannah—in addition to a group of about seven other children and adults with various disabilities.
From left: Hannah, Kai and Grace enjoy dinner with their adopted mother Anne while their adopted father Bob is out bringing a hot meal to Anne's sick and elderly father on Tuesday Oct. 13, 2014. The three children with Down syndrome are not related by blood, but were adopted by Bob and Anne Freeland. Hannah and Kai were adopted before their first year passed, whereas Grace was adopted when she was ten and a half.
Anne Freeland ruffles her adopted daughter Hannah's hair while the kids play a rousing game of Monopoly on Thursday Oct. 13, 2014 in their Belleville residence. Early in her life Anne found that she had a particular disease which in pregnancy would cause great danger to both her and baby, so from there her and her husband Bob decided that adoption would be their route for having family. Over the years the couple has adopted eight children, and they are currently raising the three youngest of those.