Albuquerque Police Officer Adopted An Opioid-Addicted Newborn From Her Homeless Mother

Date December 4, 2017

The statistics of maternal opioid use is terrifying: one baby suffering from neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) is born approximately every 25 minutes. Just like grown-up addicts, these newborns experience a severe drug withdrawal syndrome in the first few weeks of their life. Along with a serious treatment, these kids require a special care and lots of love. But being born by drug-addicts, kids with NAS usually don't even have the most basic things, such as clean clothing, fresh food, and warm houses to live in. Hope Holets is a fortunate exception from this rule.

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Hope's happy story begins in September 2017. That day, Ryan Holets, a police officer from Albuquerque, New Mexico, noticed a homeless couple nearby a convenience store. The policeman was shocked to see them doing drugs openly on the street, in the middle of the day. But when he approached the couple, he saw something even more terrifying – the woman, Crystal Champ, 35, was pregnant.

The man tried to knock some sense into the soon-to-be-mother, telling how harmful these drugs are to the kid. And a few minutes later, his words seem to reach the woman's head and heart. As they were talking, the woman said she desperately hoped someone would adopt her baby, reports CNN.

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This was the turning point for Ryan Holets. He showed the pregnant woman a picture of his own family – his wife Rebecca and their four kids – and offered to adopt her unborn baby. The man said he was “led by God to take the chance.”

He then rushed to his wife Rebecca to tell the news. They were planning to adopt a baby someday in the future, but their younger kid was just 10-month-old at the moment. However, Rebecca was totally on board, and in October, they welcomed a newborn Hope Holets into their family.

As it was expected, the girl was born with NAS and suffered from a severe opioid withdrawal syndrome at first. She went through a special treatment course in order to detox her body from all the drugs. Now, little Hope continues to fight for her happy and healthy future with the help of her new family.

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