Holets maintains that it was not a coincidence that he found Champ behind that convenience store that day. He says, "It's no coincidence; it's like providence."
This incredible story has been shared across social media channels all over the globe. Generally, people are hailing Holets and his wife as heroes for so quickly stepping forward and offering to adopt this baby.
Of course, social media wouldn't be what it is if there weren't also people criticizing the Holets, Champ, and the whole situation.
Some are saying that if Holets wanted to help, he should have offered to help Champ get clean so she could care for her own baby. Others are criticizing CNN’s handling of Champ, painting her as a victim rather than a criminal. But most people grasp the complexity of the situation that Holets discovered behind the convenience store. His incredibly generous offer to adopt the baby probably saved baby Hope’s life, possibly saved Champ’s life, and will have unfathomable effects as time wears on.
As wonderful as this story is, it feels unfinished.
We don’t yet know what becomes of Champ and her partner. She was feeling entirely without hope before Holets came into her life. Maybe this event serves as a turning point for her. We also don’t know how baby Hope will fare. Babies born addicted to opioids can have lifelong struggles. Holets seems aware of what he and his family are facing. He says, “We’ll be there for her. In whatever struggles that she has, we’ll be there.”
CNN journalist Ed Lavandera interviewed Holets and Champ to get the full story from all sides.
Champ’s interview is difficult to watch. This bright young woman is trapped in the grips of an addiction which seems to overpower her entirely. She’s homeless, and has been for two years. She explains that she’s tried to get clean multiple times, after half a lifetime of addiction to heroin and crystal meth, but she’s failed. “I did give up. I just decided this was going to be my life. It just keeps coming back and ruining my life.”
This beautiful story is really just a beginning for all the people involved.
Baby Hope’s life is on a completely different path than it would have been if not for that fateful meeting between her birth mother and adoptive father. Hopefully Champ will find some way to redirect her life as well. As difficult as battling addiction is, this story shows that miracles can happen.