During last-night’s State of the Union address, President Trump honored one of the profiles in courage — one of the honored guests of the President and First Lady. he focused on a police officer who saves an unborn baby addicted to drugs and spotlighted the power of adoption.
Few people would say yes to adopting a drug-addicted infant on the spot, but New Mexico police officer Ryan Holets did without any hesitation. But he and his wife recently adopted baby Hope, the child of an Albuquerque homeless woman who continues to struggle with drug addictions.
He and his wife recently adopted baby Hope, the child of an Albuquerque homeless woman who continues to struggle with drug addictions.
Holets met Hope’s birth mother, Crystal Champ, on Sept. 23 while he was responding to a call about a possible theft, the Daily Mail reports. Behind the store, Holets said he found Champ, heavily pregnant and shooting up heroine. She told him that she was between seven and eight months pregnant.
“Why do you have to be doing that stuff, it’s going to ruin your baby,” Holets told Champ.
Champ said Holets’ scolding hurt, but she also sensed that he cared about her well-being and her unborn baby’s. Honey 9 News reports Champ never considered aborting her unborn baby, and she had been hoping that someone would offer to adopt her child.
Without hesitation, Holets – a father of four – did. He told CNN that he felt God urging him to offer to adopt Champ’s baby. He said he and his wife, Rebecca, had been considering adoption, but they decided to wait because their youngest child was still an infant.
But when Holets told his wife about the situation, she also agreed to adopt Champ’s child.
“We feel God has called us to do that,” Rebecca Holets said. “It’s been on our hearts for a while.”
Last night, President Trump honored Officer Holets for his courage and the love he and his family showed.
My Administration is committed to fighting the drug epidemic and helping get treatment for those in need. The struggle will be long and difficult — but, as Americans always do, we will prevail.
As we have seen tonight, the most difficult challenges bring out the best in America.
We see a vivid expression of this truth in the story of the Holets family of New Mexico. Ryan Holets is 27 years old, and an officer with the Albuquerque Police Department. He is here tonight with his wife Rebecca. Last year, Ryan was on duty when he saw a pregnant, homeless woman preparing to inject heroin. When Ryan told her she was going to harm her unborn child, she began to weep. She told him she did not know where to turn, but badly wanted a safe home for her baby.
In that moment, Ryan said he felt God speak to him: “You will do it — because you can.” He took out a picture of his wife and their four kids. Then, he went home to tell his wife Rebecca. In an instant, she agreed to adopt. The Holets named their new daughter Hope.
Ryan and Rebecca: You embody the goodness of our Nation. Thank you, and congratulations.
Baby Hope was born on Oct. 12, addicted to opioids. She suffered through withdrawal and detoxing, and doctors put her through a methadone treatment, according to the report.
Holets said Hope is home from the hospital now, but she still has weekly check-ups with their doctor.
“Whatever struggles she has, we’ll be there and we’ll work through it,” Holets said. “And that makes me happy.”