A family is separated after social services is forced to step in. Thankfully, one woman puts the pieces of her family back together.
21-year-old Melissa was a new Marine and the oldest of three siblings. Sadly, she was much older than her two younger brothers and didn’t get a chance to grow up with them. However, the three shared the same rough upbringing.
Their mother was in and out jail, and Melissa in and out of foster homes. In her words she “ended up in some pretty bad ones.” She was determined to make sure her brothers fate wouldn’t be the same.
After the childrens’ mother had tested positive for methamphetamine use, the family was separated and put into separate foster homes after social services entered the home. Melissa was devastated at the news and began her new mission: to get custody of her younger brothers, J.J. (9-years-old) and Christian (10-years-old).
The woman immediately faced a laundry list of obstacles: her age, her income, and her living situation to name a few. She was worried a judge might name the kids’ current foster parents as the better option. Those facts wouldn’t stop her from driving the 2,000 miles to Alabama to plead her case in front of the judge.
The young woman and two boys had a surprise in store for them. Shockingly, the judge appointed Melissa as the sole custody provided of J.J. and Christian. That wasn’t all…one organization was determined to aid the new mom.
Impressed with the woman’s dedication, Prank it Forward, or organization dedicated to repaying good deeds, decided to reward the 21-year-old with a brand new Toyota. In addition, they paid for her gas, one month’s rent, and food for the long journey ahead.
The family finally had a chance at a fresh start.
See the footage below as the young man surprises her brothers at school with the good news.