Selfless teacher becomes a single mom of FOUR after adopting siblings

‘The bond they have is unbreakable’: Selfless teacher, 45, who fostered 56 KIDS becomes a single mom of four after adopting biological siblings who ‘were all born substance exposed’

  • Melissa Servetz, 45, from Florida, is mom to Jade, eight, Destiny, six, Matthew, four, and Emerson, two 
  • The former teacher, who has worked in social services for the last five years, started volunteering at a children’s home before becoming a foster mom in 2015
  • She fostered a total of 56 children, mostly babies and younger kids 
  • In 2017, she adopted her oldest daughter, Jade, followed by her sister, Destiny 
  • Servetz took home both Matthew and Emerson straight from the hospital after they were born and has been raising them their entire lives
  • She noted that her children were all born substance exposed and are in therapy to work through the trauma they experienced, but they are ‘doing great’ 

A former teacher has opened up about adopting four biological siblings as a single parent after fostering a total of 56 children, saying they made her a ‘forever mom.’ 

Melissa Servetz, 45, from Florida, is mom to Jade, eight, Destiny, six, Matthew, four, and Emerson, two. She adopted her daughters first and took in their younger brothers right after they were born. 

‘I did not see myself as a single mom of four. I thought maybe two, you know,’ she told Good Morning America. ‘But there was no way that I could let the boys go to somebody else and be away from their siblings. There’s no way.’

Melissa Servetz, 45, from Florida, adopted four biological siblings - Jade, eight, Destiny, six, Matthew, four, and Emerson, two - as a single mom

Melissa Servetz, 45, from Florida, adopted four biological siblings – Jade, eight, Destiny, six, Matthew, four, and Emerson, two – as a single mom 

The former teacher started volunteering at a children's home before becoming a foster mom in 2015. She adopted Jade and Destiny in 2017, when they were two and 16 months, respectively

The former teacher started volunteering at a children’s home before becoming a foster mom in 2015. She adopted Jade and Destiny in 2017, when they were two and 16 months, respectively

Servetz, who has worked in social services for the last five years, started volunteering at a children’s home before becoming a foster mom in 2015. She mostly fostered babies and young children who were ages five and under. 

In 2017, she was working as a teacher in the Tampa Bay area when one of her former student’s parents told her that Jade and Destiny were living with a non-relative and needed a place to go because they were being evicted.  

After calling the agency she was working with, she was told that she could foster the girls, who were two and 16 months at the time.  

‘About a week later, I picked up Jade in a parking lot with her case manager. And then a week after that, I transitioned Destiny and it was like [the] most natural thing ever,’ she recalled. 

‘I remember those days like it was yesterday, picking them up and just carrying them.’

Servetz took home both Matthew and Emerson straight from the hospital after they were born and has been raising them their entire lives

Servetz took home both Matthew and Emerson straight from the hospital after they were born and has been raising them their entire lives

The mom noted that her children were all born substance exposed and are in therapy to work through the trauma they experienced, but they are 'doing great'

The mom noted that her children were all born substance exposed and are in therapy to work through the trauma they experienced, but they are ‘doing great’ 

Servetz said her children 'have been overcoming obstacles like there's no tomorrow' and all 'have a really bright future' ahead of them

Servetz said her children ‘have been overcoming obstacles like there’s no tomorrow’ and all ‘have a really bright future’ ahead of them 

Servetz took home both Matthew and Emerson straight from the hospital after they were born and has been raising them their entire lives. She calls her kids her ‘final four’ because they were the last four children she fostered.  

‘They do have trauma still that they go to therapy for, which they’ve worked tremendously through,’ she explained. ‘They were all born substance exposed.’

She noted that they ‘have been overcoming obstacles like there’s no tomorrow’ and are ‘doing great,’ saying ‘the bond they have is unbreakable.’

The mom added that all of her children ‘have a really bright future’ ahead of them. 

‘Jade is super smart, funny, outgoing, [and] Destiny [is] very silly, lighthearted, loves to joke around, adores her baby brother,’ she said of her daughters. 

'The bond they have is unbreakable,' she said of the siblings, who all look out for each other

‘The bond they have is unbreakable,’ she said of the siblings, who all look out for each other 

Servetz insisted that she would adopt her children all over again if she could because 'the rewards and the benefits definitely outweigh anything'

Servetz insisted that she would adopt her children all over again if she could because ‘the rewards and the benefits definitely outweigh anything’

‘Matthew is the happiest kid you’ll ever meet. He was born happy. I’ve had him since he was three days old and he rarely is upset,’ she continued. 

‘He loves dinosaurs and trucks and Paw Patrol … then Emerson is right behind him. Happy. ticklish. They’re all super fun and super active and just a lot of fun to be around.’

Servetz admitted that it is ‘not easy’ to foster or adopt a child, especially as a single parent, saying there are constantly appointments, travel, and case managers coming in an out of her home. 

However, she insisted that she would adopt her children all over again if she could because ‘the rewards and the benefits definitely outweigh anything.’ 

‘There’s so many things that are great about being a mom but … knowing that I’ve made a difference and given them a life that they would never have had before, is really the most rewarding thing,’ she said.  

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