How one DHS mother got help - and hope

on 15 December 2015


Melony Holmes gave up her daughter five years ago.

Addicted to drugs and alcohol, Holmes asked Philadelphia's Department of Human Services for help. For two years, she struggled to get clean while her kindergartner celebrated birthdays at her aunt's.

In 2013, Holmes was notified that the goal of her case was no longer to reunite her with her little girl, but to put Mahy'di up for adoption.

But soon, Turning Points for Children, a DHS community provider, stepped in. It assigned caseworker Serenna Evers, who Holmes said brought something she'd been missing: hope.