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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