Mom Once Deemed Unfit Gets Kids Back

CHICAGO (CBS) — A Chicago mother who lost her kids because she was deemed an unfit parent now has them back.

WBBM Newsradio 780’s Mike Krauser reports such a thing has never happened before in Illinois.

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Yolanda Miller, 49, of Chicago, had her parental rights terminated sometime ago.

“It all started with my addiction, with drugs, when I lost the kids,” she said.

But now she has adopted her own kids – some of them now fully grown.

“It’s been an amazing journey,” she said.

Miller’s mother was raising her kids until she died.

“It wasn’t my mom’s job to raise my kids,” Miller said. “That was my job.”

So she got her life together, and says she’s been clean for 14 years.

Miller has adopted her 16 and 17-year-old boys and her 27-year-old twin daughters.

She has five more to go.

“Anything is possible for those that believe, and I’ve always believed that I was going to get my children back once I got my life back together,” she said.

Her children are also pleased with the decision.

“I’m very proud of my Mom, very proud; even the grand kids,” said daughter Rashunda. “They understand.”

There are 26 grandchildren.

The law used to forbid parents who’d had their legal rights terminated from adopting their children back. It was possible to get the children back, but the kids remained legal orphans.

But state Rep. Sara Feigenholtz says that has now changed. The law now allows the birth parent to adopt their kids in cases in which a relative had been raising them.

“Yolanda Miller is one of those parents,” Feigenholtz said. “Yolanda has done exactly what society has asked her to do.”

Feigenholtz says 500 kids are orphaned each year by the death of grandparents raising their kids’ children.

  • Lucy

    On this, a down day for me, I am so happy to see an up story!! Hope they can make up for all they’ve missed and just keep it on this wonderful upside. Thanks, CBS Chicago.

  • tom Sharp

    As usual, CBS misses the big story here: this ex-drug addicted moron has 9 kids and maybe 26 grandchildren (CBS can’t write accurately enough to tell for sure)!!! How many are gang bangers with records and/or living on the public dole like she did. Just makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside about the future!

  • dj

    The only morons I see are the ones making up their own stories. Where in the story did it state that she was on public aid? You don’t know if the grandkids are gang bangers or have records and why is that your business. If the kids are glad to have her back in their lives, that is all that matters. I wish them well.

    • Mike

      I bet that she is on public aid and doesn’t pay for her kids, but receives money from the government like her parents probably did.

      • bitney

        stfu u must be on it too loser

  • boy howdy

    What can I say? It’s no longer about who is right or who is wrong. It’s about who has the better attorney

  • John Drummond

    Man it must be a slow news day! Why is this story even here? What a waste of news blog real estate. Maybe CBS 2 needs to get more REPORTERS out digging for stories sheesh…….

  • Janet

    It appears her kids are GROWN so I am slightly confused about this……

  • Womanofcolour

    Just because it is not listed in this brief news blip, I can guarantee you those kids and grandkids were at least partially on public aid. Living with grandparents, great grandparents, relatives, and foster parents will be receiving some sort of assistance from the public roles. Some of them may even be special needs due to lack of maternal health during the pregnancy. Lastly, society DID NOT ask this woman to become addicted to drugs or nor have more children than for whom she can care. This is a story of irresponsibility and recklessness not an inspiration by any means!

    • Right

      Well said.

  • Needs2BSaid

    OMG…the kids definitely are following in her footsteps…26 grandkids to a woman in her forties. Are they creating their own zipcode?

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