A California police officer is being applauded this week after he adopted the baby girl of a homeless woman who is battling a drug addiction.
Officer Jesse Whitten of the Santa Rosa Police Department was already a father of three when he adopted the girl.
The department posted a photo to Facebook showing Whitten holding the girl right after an adoption hearing where he made the action official.
This all started last year when Whitten responded to a call of a pregnant, homeless woman on the streets struggling with a drug addiction. Over the next few months, Whitten continued checking in on the woman.
During one of these visits in August of 2017, Whitten’s wife Ashley struck up a conversation with her about motherhood.
“I mentioned, ‘Oh, you are pregnant,’ and she said, ‘Oh yeah,’ and placed my hand on her womb,” Ashley said.
On Valentine’s Day of this year, the Whittens got a chance phone call that changed their lives forever.
During this call, the homeless woman asked Whitten and Ashley to adopt her child.
Because she was exposed to drugs while in the womb, Harlow Masie Whitten had to get through numerous challenges in the first few months of her life.
Now six months old, Harlow is doing better than ever with her three older siblings.
Whitten and Ashley have met with the birth mother since adopting Harlow and have thanked her for giving them this blessing.
We’re so glad that this baby girl has found the loving family that she deserves!