As Diana Ross says, a mother’s love is forever, and that’s exactly what it is to an Illinois family.
Fourteen years ago, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services removed Yolanda Miller’s children from her care because of her addication to crack cocaine.
Years later, after been clean for years, Miller attempted to reclaim her children but the state law’s halted that from happening. In 2007, over 1,682 foster children were placed into adoptive homes in the state of Illinois.
Thankfully for Miller, her children were not forced to enter the foster care system because her mother took them in. In 2005 the matriarch of the family died however, and because Miller was not her children’s legal guardian”anybody at any time could take them away from me” she said at a news conference on Tuesday.
In 2009, the state of Illinois passed a law that allows parents to restore their parental rights after they have been revoked by the state if the adoptive parent is a blood relative and passes away. Lawmakers say that a similar law does not exist elsewhere.
Under the law Miller, who had nine of her children taken away, has been able to adopt four of them, two minors and two adults as of two weeks ago. She has become the first person to adopt her own children under the recent law.
"These parents have done exactly what we asked them to, and now we have a process to help them regain their rights," said law sponsor, Rep. Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago) at a news conference.
“Even in my addiction, I knew my kids loved me,” Miller said. “I chose to live because I had my children to live for.”
The proud mother is now in the process of getting custody of the other five.
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