for new families

The Congratulations Project is an initiative in which members of the PALS family write letters to new members of the Down syndrome community welcoming them into the fold. These handwritten, original letters are designed to inspire, encourage, welcome and, most importantly, congratulate expecting or new parents and siblings of a child with Down syndrome. They all begin with the same, simple message: Congratulations.

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Want to help support the Congratulations Project?

With your help we can raise funds to continue sending letters of hope and acceptance to families. A $10 gift to will send a package to a family while a $25 gift will ship a package including a softcover copy of The Congratulations Project book.


All Congratulations Project donations directly support The Congratulations Project

Do you know of a local organization that would like to be involved? Email us at


We have sent over 600 letters and packages to new and expecting families around the world. Each Congratulations Project package includes a personal letter and image from a Camper, a pacifier, a onesie, a personalized card, a PALS bracelet, and a gift card for free tuition at one of our programs.


The Congratulations Project book is now available! 

Learn more about our book and supporting distribution efforts by clicking here.


Our Partners

  • Children's Hospital of Pennsylvania

  • Adele's Over the Rainbow Baskets

  • Down Syndrome Network of Montgomery County

  • Jack's Basket

  • Down Syndrome Association of Northern Virginia

  • Down Syndrome Connection of the Bay Area

  • Down Syndrome Association of Houston

  • Down Syndrome Guild of Dallas


Read Our Words 

Camp PALS campers write these letters during their week of Camp PALS each summer. Click here to see some of our featured letters. 

It gave me so much hope and strength when I was still trying to figure out what Down syndrome would mean for our son.Thank you for giving me that first glimpse into what a great life he will have.
— Letter recipient