Homeless Woman With 15 Kids Demands More Government Assistance

Remember Nadya Suleman, the “Octomom”? She already had 6 kids on welfare then some Einstein obstetrician did an in vitro fertilization, and she popped out 8 more. Well, Nadya has some competition.

TAMPA – In the space of a week, Angel Adams and a dozen of her 15 children was to have gone from living in a rundown, one-room motel room to a six-bedroom house, if all had gone according to plan.

It didn’t.

Building inspectors raised doubts about whether the selected Sulphur Springs home was suitable, and Adams’ plans to move into a rent-subsidized home today was put on hold. It was a glitch in her change-of-fortune run this past week, which included having a debt of several thousand dollars wiped clean and from being ineligible for Section 8 housing to living rent free.

Now, case workers say they are looking at other houses. Still, they say, the goal is to get the family of 13 moved into a home as soon as possible.

Currently, the family is staying at a temporary shelter near Brandon.

Adams’ sister, Mary Gibson, said the move has been put off because of the proximity of the home to railroad tracks. The house sits on a cul-de-sac in Sulphur Springs. A chain-link fence separating the home from the tracks is within a couple of feet from the two-story block home.

Because of that, Gibson said, home inspectors are looking at other houses.

Adams and her children “have all their stuff ready to move in,” Gibson said.

After she was evicted last month for not telling her landlord she had 12 children in her care, Adams, 37, landed in the Economy Inn on Busch Boulevard. Her plight came to light after she complained that the government didn’t do enough to help her.

Her comments unleashed a flood of criticism that she was abusing the system. Child welfare officials in Tampa said they were helping the family because of the children, despite Adams’ attitude that the government owed her.

Hillsborough Kids Inc., which manages child welfare in the county, agreed to pay off Adams’ rent debts and the Tampa Housing Authority agreed to waive a five-year ban on Adams, who owed the authority $6,000.

“We’re not here to start giving her handouts,” Nick Cox, the Florida Department of Children & Families’ regional director, said during a status hearing in family court this week. “We’re not here to provide for her. We’re not here to provide her a house that she wants or anything like that. We’re here to help and support and take care of the children.”

This afternoon, Adams said she was ready to leave A Kid’s Place, the shelter near Brandon.

“Well,” she said, “I’m still at the Kid’s Place and I’m just waiting to move into my new house.

“I’m really excited and I’m just ready to go home and just move on with my life,” she said.

She responded to critics who say she’s milking the system by saying, “Well, I tell those people I do pay for them [her children]. I have been paying for them and that’s why I’m where I’m at today.”

Last week, she said she had a right to have as many children as she wanted, even though she couldn’t support them.

Adams’ comments about social welfare agencies not doing enough to help was widely criticized during the past week. She doesn’t currently have a job. Her children were fathered by three men, including one who is in prison.

She lost her children two years ago after neglect accusations, but the family was reunited six months ago. Three of the 15 children don’t live with her.


And here’s a lovely family portrait:
Staff photo by PAUL LAMISON
angel adams and 15 kids

Adams’ sense of entitlement didn’t go over too well in court. She was held in contempt and her kids are in foster care:

A homeless mother with 12 dependent children didn’t win any supporters this week when she loudly complained that the various welfare agencies trying to help her weren’t doing enough. Angel Adams gained a new detractor on Thursday: a circuit judge who jailed the griping mom after she refused to reveal if she was pregnant with her 16th child.

Adams, 37, was held in contempt of court at a hearing Thursday morning. She was handcuffed and escorted from the courtroom. The judge then ordered her children placed in foster care for the second time in two years.

That unremorseful, public assistance-mooching breeding machine, needs to be forcibly spayed.  That would be tax money well spent.

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53 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by sfcmac on 11/02/2013 at 20:14

    First of all, I’d like to congratulate you for showing the motivation and dedication it took to get yourself out of the welfare trap. Being a single parent is not easy. I saw what my mother went through keeping a roof over seven kids. My main beef with ‘single moms’ is that many of them keep having children they cannot afford, they have no marketable job skills, many are high school dropouts, and have no desire or incentive to change their situation.

    The other half of the parent equation—the fathers—are often absent and refuse to pay child support or acknowledge their children. I saw that up close and personal with regard to my biological father and an abusive alcoholic former step father.

    There’s a lot of irresponsible male derelicts who take pride in breeding as many children as possible with no strings attached.
    Case in point: Desmond Hatchett of Tennessee. He’s got 30 illegitimate children by 11 different women. He’s expecting the state to subsidize his out-of-control fertilization.

    Common sense family planning, as in birth control, should be at or near the top of a woman’s personal choices.

    This is why I’ve always felt that even under the best circumstances, a woman should always be prepared to go it alone if she has to. Education, occupational skills, and the ability to run a household budget is essential for survival. I’m a strong advocate of company-based education and training programs. For many people, that is the first step to success.

    No one gave me a free meal ticket in life. I come from a working class family. My environment was far from prosperous. My mother raised 7 kids, mostly by herself. She worked hard to change her life and refused to let welfare become a family ‘tradition’. We all worked. My two older step sisters worked two part time jobs, and my mother worked to make ends meet.

    At the age of 18, I joined the United States Army and served the country for a total of 30 years. I also earned a college degree without incurring thousands of dollars in student loans and demanding that someone else pay for it. I never had any children and in retrospect, that was a wise decision.

    We have devolved from a country of rugged individualism to an entitlement culture. There’s a growing population who believes in getting something for nothing in the form of cradle to grave Nanny State care. Those of us who worked all our lives have a problem with that. I paid federal income tax, state tax, medicare/medicaid tax, and social security tax. I pay tax on my military pension, as well.

    I don’t mind my taxes going to help the bona fide disabled and elderly, but I’m also supporting a population of professional welfare recipients who manipulate the system and pass it to their children like a family heirloom. When I was a kid, it was a source of embarrassment to accept public assistance, and you tried to get back into the work force as soon as you could.

    Now it’s considered a “right”.

    I was raised to believe in a helping hand, not a handout.

    I wish that there were more people like you who did what it took to break away from welfare dependency and become a good role model for their kids.


  2. I know this post is old and I am way behind in my comment but I am still going to comment.
    I am going to give you folks a view from “the other side”

    I was a welfare mom for a long time, not something I am proud of now, but at the time, it didn’t bother me at all. I was raising my 2 younger boys, one dad in prison, and the other dad, I didn’t know where he was, still don’t. I collected food stamps, and welfare, and medical assistance. The state did this for me, because I had children and they wanted to make sure my children were cared for
    Well let me tell you, my kids were not cared for. The were not abused, they were fed and clothed, but that was it. They were not nurtured, I did not help with homework, I didn’t even care if they had homework. Half the time they didn’t even make it to school. We did not do things together. They watched tv and played video games, while I did what ever I wanted. I could do what ever I wanted because I didn’t have to look for a job, I didn’t have to be a good mom, I didn’t HAVE to do anything.

    Here is what I KNOW beyond a shadow of a doubt. Assistance in the form of entitlement enabled me to continue down a long road of self destruction for many years. Yes, eventually I paid the price for it, but my children are the ones who really suffered.

    The state threw money at me, but never held me accountable for any sort of change needed to be successful on my own. It wasn’t until I was arrested for drugs, my children were taken from me, and I was forced to be accountable, that things got better for them and for me.

    Finally some one recognized that what I needed was not entitlement, but empowerment. I had to take parenting classes, I had to successfully complete long term rehab & I had to stay clean, I had to take job search classes, I had to take computer skill classes, I had to take financial management classes. I had to do all of these things, just to even be able to see my kids. Eventually I got them back, that was 9 years ago. In that 9 years I have gone from a minimum wage employee to an Office Manager for a very large company. So yes, they spent some money helping me and training me, but they saw the bigger picture of teaching me to be self sufficient. That goal was achieved and because it was achieved with me, it has changed the predicted outcome of the lives of my children. Because more of their lives were spent with me as a productive role model, instead of who I used to be, they are growing into productive young men. The cycle stopped with me which was an even bigger picture than I think anyone imagined.

    Here is what I wish. I wish that when I went to apply for welfare that first time, it had been given to me only on conditions. I wish that for me to receive ANYTHING at all, I had been given mandatory classes on job search, on some basic job skills, on self esteem, on parenting. Then once I completed those, job search should have been mandatory. When I say job search I mean real, documented job search, more than 1 or 2 applications a day, and having to prove where I went and applied. I wish I had been given a time limit on how long I could receive benefits. I wish it had been clear to me that if I didn’t comply then assistance would have been dropped. I wish that had I applied for assistance and then lost it for non compliance, then Child welfare would have been called to make sure I was caring for my children at all. Trust me, the fear of losing my kids would have been a powerful motivator. I also wish that while on welfare, birth control had been mandatory. Yes it means I would be without my youngest son, and I am not saying that I don’t love him. But I am saying that if I couldn’t afford to support one on my own, I should not have been permitted to have another. Permanent sterilization…no, but mandatory birth control…absolutely!

    So many will argue that it costs too much money to much money to train people. It costs too much money to monitor these women. Too many people would lose their kids if they didn’t comply and we don’t have the resources to care for these kids. To that I say, there is always a way.

    What if we, as a nation, changed the way we looked at the assistance program? What if assistance was based on empowerment rather than entitlement.? What if, and this may sound really crazy, we used some of the women (or men) who had become successful through a new “assistance program” to help teach others how to be successful. Trust me, if someone came to me and said, “Hey we need you to come and work with the newest welfare recipients on becoming successful.” I’d be there in a heart beat.

    Call me crazy, but I really think there is a better answer than what we are doing.

  3. Posted by Kevin James on 18/01/2013 at 15:43

    This is a shame, I am a African American male with two children one in college. I am sorry but, this woman laid on her back and pushed out 15 kids congratulations but, damn. You, have to come to your senses, I found myself struggling at times taking care of one child (feeding, clothing and paying for college). Now I have to be a n*gg* I am sorry but, B*tch what the hell were you thinking.
    This is why people look at us like we are pieces of sh*t where did you get your sense of responsibility. “Someone needs to take care of this”, she should have stitched her vigina shut. Or, learn to swallow.

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