After years of trying, West Chester residents Zakiyyah and Ty Wagerle were able to start a family with help from the Open Arms Adoption Network, writes Anndee Hochman for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The pair met online in 2008 and, within two years, got engaged. Soon after, they married.
After years of trying to conceive, doctors informed them that pregnancy was not an option. So the pair tried a gestational surrogate, but an attempt with Zakiyyah’s mother failed.
The couple then began working with the Open Arms Adoption Network, and in May 2014, they met their first daughter, Zoe Tyler Trust.
“I knew that, with adoption, there’s always a baby at the end of that journey,” said Zakiyyah.
Two years later, they decided Zoe needed a sibling and began the process again. And in March 2018, they received a call about their second daughter, Olivia Gabrielle.
“There are things that don’t make sense at the time,” said Ty. “But I have these girls now because all those things happened.”
Read more about the happy parents in the Philadelphia Inquirer here.