Parents reunited with kids after losing custody

Celebration ceremony held Friday
Posted at 6:07 PM, Jun 01, 2018

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. — Her name is Miracle and she’s hard to keep up with.

But Jessica Johnson wouldn’t want it any other way.

“Just being around her. She brightens up my entire day.”

Johnson lost custody of her daughter about a year ago.

Like so many others, Jessica was addicted to prescription pills.

“Drug addiction doesn’t discriminate. It can be from a doctor to an officer to anybody out there.”

The problem is so bad, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is suing drug makers.

She says the crisis is killing 15 people in the state every day.

“It is a big issue right now. Thank god there are a lot of agencies working to deal with this,” said Rami Cassis with Youth and Family Alternatives.

With the support of Johnson’s family, she fought back and is now clean and reunited with Miracle.

She told her story at Friday’s celebration ceremony in New Port Richey where several parents got custody back.

They all successfully worked through Eckerd Connects Community Alternatives. 

Jessica says if she can do it, others going through hard times can too.

“I want to inspire them and give them courage to move forward and complete the goal of reunification.”

She says she has a job, a car, and most importantly her daughter.

“And I’m finally a successful member of society.”