Durham, North Carolina’s Department of Social Services has some explaining to do, after they turned away a mother desperately seeking help for her and her children. The social service agency turned away Moshimalee Johnson earlier this month, after she tried to find a place for her and 5 children to live. Not only was she turned away from the state ran agency, but also Urban Ministries and the Durham Rescue Mission. She then turned to Craigslist for help.

The mother of five, who is also currently pregnant wrote:

“I am currently homeless and looking for someone to take my five kids until I can find a job and a place to live,” she wrote in the apartments wanted section of the site.

“I called DSS, and they won’t take them,” she said in the July 9 posting. “The shelter has a waiting list and Urban Ministries won’t let you work if you come there. I am a certified nursing assistant but can’t find work due to numerous doctor’s appointments because my 6-year-old accidentally hung himself. Please help anyone.”

After posting the ad, the Department of Social Services took the children, aged 9, 7, 6 and twins who are 2, and placed them into foster care.

But Johnson said she wasn’t looking to have her children taken away, she wanted someone to take in her as well.

Speaking to the News & Observer Wednesday,  Johnson said she wanted to find a place for them all to live together.

“Maybe I didn’t make myself clear. I didn’t want to give the kids up. I wanted a place for me and my kids,” she said.

Johnson was evicted from apartment after she lost her job in 2013 when her minivan broke down.


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  • ShezSooUnusual

    Just so we’re clear: I’m not anti-White, I’m just pro-Black. With that being said, America is a society that is set up for the White man and woman to succeed. It’s people of color, Black people in particular, who often have to fight a little harder to gain access to opportunities that many of our Brothers and Sisters of the fairer race have had handed to them on a silver platter…and take for granted.

    In layman’s terms: If you can’t make it in a country that was designed for you to succeed, that’s your problem.

  • Moshimalee Jonelle Johnson

    A year ago I laughed at these comments and a year later I’m still laughing. First of all the article left out a lot of what I said, some of the information is wrong or missing. I have 6 children all about the same father. I have never been on welfare and was not asking for it. I was simply asking for help that my tax dollars have been paying for it since I was 14. I felt foster care was a safer place for my children than where we were currently living at. I was not homeless I was just living with my mother. I consider it homeless because I was without my own home. DSS told me they are not a babysitting service where I can drop my kids off when I feel the need. I put the ad on Craigslist hoping to find someone to watch my children at night time while I worked in addition to giving us a place to live. If my plan went as expected I could have saved the money in 6 weeks. Well a year later I have been in my home for 7 months. I have been at my two jobs for 10 month. My children will be back home permanently in 6 weeks. It did not go as I planned and now my children are suffering from severe emotional trauma, separation anxiety they have all been put on medication because the foster parents couldn’t handle their behavior. They have lost weight, won’t eat and can’t sleep at night. They have been in eight different foster homes and five different school one year. They have been on 18 different medications to try control their behavior. I wasn’t asking DSS for any money, just to take the kids until I can get my own place. But the money that they spent on foster care for the last year they could have help me my rent until I had the baby and went back to work 50 times over. They also made me jump through unnecessary hoops. Things they know that will not needed. If I had sense enough to keep my children away from a dangerous situation. I have sense enough to not need a parenting class, a psychological evaluation, a parenting capacity assessment or be drug tested twice a month. They have taken me in mind kids through unnecessary drama just to prove a point. If I bring my kids to DSS and ask them to take them they are supposed to, no matter what the reason. The reason I was not working was because my children have so many doctors appointment I could not work during the daytime. By that time my van was fixed and I had transportation. My van broke down while I was still in my apartment. The reason I was evicted is a whole another story. I choose not to bring other people into my situation. I take responsibility for the bad decisions I have made. Thank you 4 your time and horror of war. I pray that you never have a situation where you need help. Also pray that these perfect parents making judgments are not beating your children or allow anybody to abuse them. I hope you’re not using drugs around them. I hope your kids are A students and you are very involved in their education.

  • Moshimalee Jonelle Johnson

    Also there are plenty of people that live with their mother and are comfortable with it. Not Me, never have been never will.