Mel Gibson -- Kid Tested, Father Approved

Mel Gibson -- Kid Tested, Father Approved

Mel Gibsonis set to begin his court ordered community service at a kid's charity in L.A. soon -- and  he's already getting support from some of the parents ... TMZ has learned.

In fact, one set of parents associated with Mending Kids Internationaltells us they're more than happy to help give the actor a "brand new start" because Mel has helped fund a life-changing series of operations for their foster son over the past couple of years.
James Nicoltells us his Ethiopian-born son Berhanu was only able to undergo an expensive series of medical procedures to help fix severe spinal issues ... thanks, in part, to Mel's generosity.
Nicol says his family is still active with the organization ... and they're excited for any assistance Mel can provide ...

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