Woman reunited with long-lost family

Margaret Johnson (center in the pink) laughs with her Fort Wayne family she never knew existed.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – She was moved in and out of Oklahoma foster homes for much of her childhood and told she didn’t have much family.  But now, Margaret Johnson has been reunited with Fort Wayne brothers and sisters she’s always wanted.

When she was only five years old, Johnson said her mom moved her from Fort Wayne to Oklahoma.  At the time, she didn’t quite understand the situation. Soon, Johnson said her childhood took a turn for the worse.

“I was sexually abused when I was little,” she said. “You know my mom did not take care of me the way she was supposed to.”

Johnson explained that her mother lost custody when she was only little.  She was raised in a couple foster homes in Oklahoma and believed what her mother told her:  She didn’t have any family that could care for her.

But at the beginning of the summer, she got a strange message on Facebook from a woman she didn’t know.  That stranger told Johnson she was her aunt, and has been looking for her for 25 years.

“She goes, ‘I’m your aunt from your mom’s side. You have aunts and uncles from your mom’s side, you have brothers and sisters from your dad’s side, and you have nieces and nephews from the whole family,'” Johnson recalled. “I was like hold on. I didn’t believe her at first.”

After further confirmation Johnson drove to Fort Wayne from Oklahoma. Now 33, she discovered she’s the youngest of 12 brothers and sisters. For the past three weeks she’s been experiencing a lifelong desire to feel love and acceptance from family.

“I was like maybe they won’t like me you know. Maybe I’ll just come down here and give them a try,” Johnson said. “But when I came down here I realized that they loved me and have been looking for me for a long time.”

Johnson hopes to permanently transition to Fort Wayne to be with family.

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