A mother's love is one of the most powerful things in the world. Children need a mother’s love to grow up right the same way they need food. When someone has a child that they aren't prepared to love unconditionally, bad things can happen.
Alex and Brittney's mother was neglectful and abusive, and Alex reports that fights and incidences of "her doing a lot of smoke" (drugs) were not uncommon. Like a good big brother, he did his best to shield his little sister from that ugliness.
Thankfully, the story has a happy ending. After spending a year in foster care, both children were adopted into a loving forever home. Hearing the testimonies from both Alex and his new parents is truly heartwarming, and it’s comforting to know that these kids will finally have a shot at a real childhood.