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Pandemic Relief Funds are Available NOW for Older Foster Youth and Youth Formerly in Foster Care
769-823-4608 or 601-502-7429
Submit your request for Relief Funds online NOW:
- Mississippi has received $3.3 million in additional federal funds to assist older foster youth.
- Eligibility: All current & former foster youth aged 14 to 26 (who have spent at least 1 day in foster care after their 14th birthday)
- MS Band of Choctaw Indians and Unaccompanied refugee Minor youth (current and former foster youth) are also eligible.
- Youth who are no longer in care are eligible for assistance.
- Money is available for education, transportation, technology, housing/rent, groceries, utility bills and other emergency assistance needs.
- Provides up to $4000 per youth for costs related to driving buying a car and getting a driver’s license
- Education assistance funds available up to $12,000 a year for tuition, books, housing, etc.
- Older youth who need additional supports may also choose to re-enter foster care and remain up to age 27, if they so wish.
Mississippi’s children will grow up in strong families, safe from harm and supported through partnerships to promote family stability and permanency.
To lead Mississippi’s efforts in keeping children and youth safe and thriving by:
- strengthening families;
- preventing child abuse, neglect and exploitation; and,
- promoting child and family well-being and permanent family connections.
Who We Are
The Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services was created as the state’s lead child welfare agency by the 2016 Mississippi Legislature, separating it from the Mississippi Department of Human Services. In May 2016, Governor Phil Bryant signed Senate Bill 2179 establishing MDCPS as an independent agency with its commissioner serving as a member of the Governor’s cabinet. An increase in state funding from the Mississippi Legislature has enabled MDCPS to begin enhancing its infrastructure and increasing the number of social workers employed to meet the needs of children and families across the state. Dr. David Chandler was appointed as the agency’s first commissioner. Former Supreme Court Justice Jess H. Dickinson became MDCPS commissioner in September 2017. The agency has social work staff in offices in all Mississippi counties.