Beckett was left at a hospital in Des Moines, Iowa. The baby was less than 2 weeks old and had nothing but a note with him — and it was specifically addressed to a caseworker.
“[The note] just said to ‘get ahold of the caseworker and she would know what to do with me,’” Britany Gormley told KCCI in 2016.
It would seem that the caseworker did know what to do. Beckett’s older half-sister had just been adopted by the Gormley family. The compassionate family was happy to take Beckett in.
Iowa’s “safe haven” laws allow parents to drop off babies under 2 weeks old at any medical facility to legally relinquish custody.
Thanks to the Gormleys, Beckett is now a happy, healthy 2-year-old who gets to grow up with his biological sibling and a ton of adoptive siblings who all love him.
“I couldn’t love these guys any more if I had them the regular way,” Britany said. “I just think there’s a lot of babies out there [and] a lot of kids who need good homes. I can say Beckett and Samantha have been adopted into a family that loves them and they have a good life.”
The family moved to Wyoming, and while they have not met Beckett and Samantha’s biological mother, they are in touch with their grandparents, who also live in Wyoming.
“We’ve gotten to know them a lot better over the last couple of years, so we get to see them pretty regularly,” Britany said.
The mom is grateful to the safe haven laws that protect children and biological parents. She wouldn’t have her baby otherwise.
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