STAFFORD, Va. -- Charles Cooper spent his 75th birthday telling a crowd of 50 people about his son, Chuck, who has Down syndrome.
"I'm reaching the age where I may not be able to take care of him," Cooper said in a shaky voice. "I want my son to be happy, just like you want your son, your daughter to be happy."
Cooper spoke to residents of the Clearview Heights in southern Stafford County last night. The group met at the Falmouth fire station to learn more about a group home for adults with intellectual disabilities, which will be built this year in the neighborhood.
Many said they had nothing against group homes but wanted more information. Most were upset that they had not been told earlier that a group home would be built.