“They are little beings of happiness” – Jeanick Fournier about her children with Down syndrome

The famous singer Jeanick Fournier is convinced that she is a better person since she chose to adopt two Quebec children with Down syndrome, whom she takes with her everywhere to demystify the difference.

“They are little beings of happiness. Every second is important. For them, the present moment is the most important. Everything is beautiful, everything is sunshine, confides Jeanick Fournier about his children Yohan, 14, and Emma, ​​10. They lead me to be a better person, to continue being as real as possible. And appreciate life.”

The Chicoutimi singer, who became popular after winning the contest Canada has talent As of May 2022, she has always been “in love with Down syndrome,” especially because she grew up with a sister with an intellectual disability.

“It’s always positive with them! she points out. They are happy, happy. It is really exciting,” admits she who worked for a long time as a beneficiary assistant.




The famous singer Jeanick Fournier with her children Yohan Girard, 14, and Emma Girard, 10, both with Down syndrome COURTESY Jeanick Fournier

COURTESY Jeanick Fournier

A baby with Down syndrome

After learning that she was infertile, the 51-year-old woman turned to adoption thanks to the Emmanuel Association, which helps find families for different children with serious needs and difficult to adopt.

(Read also: https://www.journaldemontreal.com/2024/01/31/une-trentaine-doublis-quebecois-que-personnel-ne-veut-adoption)

the desire of meme Fournier was clear: he wanted to adopt a child with Down syndrome, less than six months old.

“It is important that people see them and know them. We ask them to be functional and do like everyone else. Can we say to society: look at them as if they are normal?

After seven months of procedures, three-month-old little Yohan arrived home. Even today, Mr.me Fournier is moved when he thinks about the family of this child who abandoned him. But she refuses to judge them.

“(At the time of adoption), I thought a lot more about them than me. I prayed for the others. It’s your choice, your decision. But it must be heavy. I cried a lot,” she confesses with teary eyes.



Jeanick Fournier

Singer Jeanick Fournier with her 14-year-old son Yohan Girard, who has rhythm in his blood and loves music.

COURTESY Jeanick Fournier

Two years later, M.me Fournier repeated the experience: he adopted Emma, ​​who was abandoned when she was five weeks old.

“A big party!”

The first years of life were demanding for the mother due to several medical follow-ups, particularly for Emma who had heart problems. Yohan started walking when he was five and a half years old.

“We had a great party! Yohan walks!” She laughs, visibly proud of her son’s progress.

Over the years, there have been a lot of stares and prejudices, especially when she walked in a stroller with her two children.

“I had thoughts like: Hey, you had two? she remembers. “Sometimes I felt like I had to say that they are adopted because of the way people look at them.”

Despite her children’s challenges, Mme Fournier rejects the label of “super mom” or “generous” woman.

“I tell them that I am emotionally dependent and that I needed a lot of love,” he laughs.

Yohan and Emma, ​​now 14 and 10, go to school, but follow their mother on her professional tours. An inspiring presence on sets to people they meet, much to the delight of his mother.



Jeanick Fournier

Jeanick Fournier with his daughter Emma.

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“We live this together journey-there. “I didn’t choose them to stay at home,” admits the woman, happy to have adopted different children. If you love to give, you will receive a million times more than you think.”

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