Even in the midst of a pandemic, love finds a way

By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation

A story out of the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area shows love will find a way—even in the midst of a pandemic.

Thanks to the miracle of modern technology, 15-year-old Maddie finally has a forever family to call her own.

The Coronavirus did postpone a final adoption hearing for Maddie and her foster parents, Chris and Heidi Gariti. The Gariti’s had hoped to adopt Maddie in May, but could not because of closures caused by the virus.

Fast forward to July, and the Gariti’s were able to attend a virtual hearing from home, making the adoption official.

As Chris told CBS-TV affiliate KDKA, “She was worth fighting for and worth waiting it out and going through the whole process with.” 

Maddie was friends with one of the couple’s three children when they found out she needed a foster home in 2018. Even though the couple had never thought about foster care or adoption before, they felt drawn to Maddie and wanted to open their home to her.

 As Maddie told KDKA, “I already had such a good relationship with the three of my siblings that, they would just show me this sibling love that I really didn’t understand.” 

 Maddie now says she is happy and relieved that the adoption has been finalized. She notes that she feels she can now fit in anywhere, as long as she has the support of the Gariti’s. 

Against the backdrop of the pandemic, a new family of six has been formed, showing that a family’s steadfast love can triumph over the most incredible odds.