A police officer in California befriended a homeless and pregnant woman after having to deal with her a few times while on patrol. Little did he know that she would later ask him and his wife to adopt her newborn.
Santa Rosa Police Officer Jesse Whitten is already a dad to three young daughters aged 7, 5, and 3. But on Aug. 30, 2018, he officially became a dad again to a 6-month-old baby girl named Harlow Maisey Whitten.
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Jesse and his wife, Ashley, had agreed to adopt Harlow after her birth mother, a homeless woman with drug addiction, asked them to.
While on patrol, Jesse had met Harlow’s birth mother a few times and later befriended her.
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“We developed sort of a friendship in a strange sort of way,” Jesse told KTVU.
“Whenever I saw her on patrol and dealt with her, we’d have a conversation.”
One day, Ashley met the woman when she rode along with Jesse and noticed that the woman was pregnant.
“I mentioned—‘Oh, you are pregnant’—and she said—‘Oh yea’—and placed my hand on her womb,” Ashley told CBS SF.
At that time, the couple didn’t know they would become the unborn baby’s parents.
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On Feb. 9, when the couple and their daughters were at a Valentine’s Day party, the woman gave birth and asked the county to contact Jesse.
She wanted the couple to adopt Harlow, who was born with heroin in her system but has since overcome it.
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“She said, ‘I knew you had daughters. I knew you were firm, but you were fair,’” Jesse recalled the conversation he had with the woman at the hospital to ABC News.
“She had this vision of her daughters playing in tutus with her sisters. That’s what she said she wanted.”
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“It’s weird to live in the tension of joy and heartbreak like this story is,” Ashley said. “It’s wonderful at the same time.”
Just like what the woman wanted, Harlow is now surrounded by loving parents and three big sisters who eagerly welcomed her into the family.
Since adopting Harlow, the couple hopes other families will follow their footsteps in opening up their hearts and homes to adopting.
“The foster care system needs people to show up and when she called us, we showed up,” Ashley said.
“This is something anybody can do and my hope is people might see this and realize they can do this too,” Jesse said.
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