Love has always been abundant in Melissa Servetz’s life.
The Florida elementary school teacher, now 45, fostered 60 kids over the course of six years before finding permanent homes for four siblings.
Servetz adopted Jade, 8, Destiny, 6, Matthew, 4, and Emerson, 2, after their biological mother made “poor decisions” and got engaged in “unsafe things,” as she tells.
Servetz maintains that making the decision to adopt the brothers was effortless, claiming that the pairing was “destined to be.”
She says, “I often wonder what would have happened to them if I hadn’t intervened to save them.” My heart aches for them, yet I’m happy for them since I know they have a wonderful life now.
When Servetz took in 2-year-old Jade as a foster child in May 2016, that was the first step toward their future as a family…
She also adopted Destiny, who was 16 months old at the time, not long after. Servetz adopted both sisters in December of the following year…
A cascade of emotions, she says, poured over her when the adoption was finalized. “The room was filled with sobs from every person present. The lawyer representing me was in tears. In court, the judge broke down in tears.”
She found out in June 2018 that the biological mother of the sisters had given birth to a son. Servetz took Matthew in barely three days after his birth.
Matthew, whom Servetz adopted in April 2019, was “born joyful,” as she puts it. “The little jerk breaks hearts. He is popular with females.”
And in March of 2020, at the ripe old age of a few days old, Emerson entered the world. In July of 2021, he was formally adopted.
Servetz, who had a miscarriage during her first marriage, believes becoming a mother has transformed her…
Servetz, who is now unmarried, explains, “You don’t realize how much you can love another human, times four – it’s unconditional, really.”
“Whatever the day may bring… I’ll always love them no matter what they do. As always, I’ll be there to lend my full backing to the cause.”
“It isn’t simple, but I will always have them. A fresh day dawns every day, “I’ll continue, she says. “We’re going to get this new day off to a positive start.
That experience is invaluable to me and I wouldn’t give it up for anything. I don’t feel any remorse. If I had to do it again, I most definitely would.”
Jade has expressed interest in being a foster parent, which is exactly the kind of life lesson Servetz aims to instill in the children…
She claims that everyone there has a “big heart.” People with good intentions are what make the world a better place.
The children are “learning how to be excellent human beings,” she says. Incredibly, “I am really pleased with them.”
Servetz wanted to keep the siblings together, therefore that’s why she decided to adopt. Servetz promises that there will always be a “place for that baby” in her household, even if their original mother gets pregnant again.
I just can’t find it in my heart to let them go anywhere else,” she says. “There’s no question in my mind that I’ll go out of my way to adopt another baby if I find out there’s another one out there.
My sister has always wanted to adopt, so if it becomes too much for me, she’d be happy to take the baby in. Baby can stay with loving family.”