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‘God’s Hand Is Absolutely In This’: Couple Adopts Baby Surrendered at Fire Station

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‘God’s Hand Is Absolutely In This’: Couple Adopts Baby Surrendered at Fire Station

By Movieguide® Contributor

Brittany and Chris Tyler are sharing how a child surrendered at a fire station became a part of their family. 

After seeing a story on the local news about a baby boy who had been left at a Kentucky fire station with a blanket and note that said his mother couldn’t take care of him but loved him, Brittany “started praying that he would be placed with us, but I didn’t want to get my hopes up.”

“My prayers were answered,” she said

A few days after he was surrendered, the Tylers received a call about fostering the baby. The couple named him Samuel, and 581 days after he was left at the fire station, the Tylers officially adopted him. 

“I remember holding him in my arms and knowing right off the bat, ‘This is my boy. This is the next member of our family,’” Chris shared. 

He added, “This is just an amazing story of grace being shown. From a loving mother to a little baby and then to us as well. God’s hand is absolutely in this.”

Samuel joined brothers Judah, 8, and Calvin, 5. The family is also in the process of adopting another foster child, a baby girl. 

“He has grown into a very happy loving little boy,” Brittany told PEOPLE. “He is learning new things every day, and I’m so excited to continue watching him grow and learn. We are so happy to have him officially adopted and know that he is a part of our family forever.”

Samuel and the Tylers’ story was made possible by Kentucky’s Safe Infant Act, which allows someone to anonymously and legally give up their child at a designated location with no questions asked. 

This practice, which is in place in countries around the world, is explored in the documentary THE DROP BOX. A portion of the Movieguide® review reads:

THE DROP BOX is a powerful documentary that encourages viewers to contemplate pro-life issues in a profound way. The entire movie is beautifully shot, with some marvelous images of Seoul. The movie’s Christian worldview views the subjects of abandonment and adoption in a biblical context. It uses biblical passages like Genesis 1:27 and Galatians 4:4-7 to affirm life and the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which makes believers adopted sons of the Most High God. THE DROP BOX is an inspiring pro-life documentary that media-wise viewers may want to put on their must-see list.

Movieguide® previously reported on baby boxes:

A new law has been passed to protect newborn babies in Wisconsin.

The Safe Haven Baby Box program, founded by Monica Kelsey, allows mothers to surrender their babies to a safe place, such as a fire station, police station or hospital. 

“A Baby Box is a safety device provided for under state’s Safe Haven Law and legally permits a mother in crisis to safely, securely, and anonymously surrender if they are unable to care for their newborn,” the website explains. 

“A Baby Box is installed in an exterior wall of a designated fire station or hospital. It has an exterior door that automatically locks upon placement of a newborn inside the Baby Box, and an interior door which allows a medical staff member to secure the surrendered newborn from inside the designated building,” Safe Haven Baby Box adds. 


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