After adoption scam heartbreak, Pa. couple finds miracle


Beth and Rocky describe it as the worst day of their lives.

“Everything came to a screeching halt,” Rocky said as he looked at his wife.

After a tough road with infertility, the couple had decided to pursue adoption. They went through an agency and were matched with a birth mom named Shareen Gurnsey.

“I don’t think you can ever prepare yourself for ‘this person is completely bald-face lying to me,'” Beth said. “They have no intention of giving us this child.”

Beth and Rocky asked abc27 not to share their last name for privacy reasons. They eventually discovered Gurnsey had promised several families her unborn baby boy, and collected medical expenses from all of them.

Gurnsey was arrested and charged with theft by deception, but Beth and Rocky say money was the least important thing she stole.

“This won’t be our last attempt,” Rocky said.

“I don’t know,” Beth quietly interrupted. 

“I don’t know how much more I can take,” she continued. ” I think Rocky’s right. You bend and you don’t break, but I think eventually you get – you get weary.”

Beth and Rocky shared their concerns about the lack of communication amongst adoption agencies with abc27. They hoped to help others, but never dreamed their story would reach someone who wanted to help them.

“My grandpa actually called my mom and was like, ‘Hey, did you see this story on abc27?'” A young woman we’ll call “Amy” was struggling with what to do about her pregnancy.

“What bigger sign for me than to see these people that were so desperate and so vulnerable at that moment,” Amy said. “And I knew that I could give them everything that they wanted.”

Amy emailed abc27. We reached out to Beth and Rocky. A few months later, Amy gave birth and Beth and Rocky became parents to a beautiful baby boy.

“Oh my God, he’s amazing,” Beth said. “I can’t believe I’m going to cry. He’s an absolute angel. His name is Mac James. He’s, he’s just like the love of our life.”

“We could have put on paper anything better,” Rocky said. “I mean, he’s everything we could have ever wanted.”

“Knowing what we got in the end, I would go through it all over again,” Beth said.

Amy visits and gets lots of pictures of Mac. Beth and Rocky call her their angel – the birth mom who turned their tears of sorrow into tears of joy.

“She gave me something I could not do for myself,” Beth said through tears. “And I don’t know how you ever repay somebody for that. And our son is lucky to have come from her and I hope he’s like her.”

“Believe in miracles,” Beth added. “Don’t give up if you want to be a mom. I wanted to be a mom my whole life. I thought it was really over for us. And there are such good people in this world. They really do exist and sometimes it’s hard to see them. Sorry, I’m like a mess right now,” Beth said with a laugh as she wiped away her tears. “They are out there.”

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