If someone is in immediate danger, please call 911 right away.
All MDCPS County Offices will be closed effective 8 a.m. on Tuesday, March 17, 2020.
Services to our clients, however, will continue with as little interruption as possible. MDCPS staff will continue to work a regular schedule.
All foster families, in-home cases and foster children should expect to be contacted by their regular caseworkers. Before making a visit, however, the caseworker will contact each client in accordance to the Guidelines outlined in the attachment below.
CLIENT CONTACT GUIDELINES
All MDCPS staff, service providers and foster parents/children are urged to exercise personal responsibility for their own health and for those around them:
Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly.
Use hand sanitizer.
Avoid unnecessary travel.
Avoid gatherings of people. Stay at home, if at all possible.
If a client (foster child, foster parent, in-home case) or anyone in your household develops symptoms of the COVID-19 virus, please call your health provider to see if you should be tested. If ANYONE of your household tests positive for the virus, PLEASE NOTIFY YOUR CASEWORKER IMMEDIATELY. If you cannot reach your caseworker, please call 1-800-222-8000 and leave a message for your caseworker. You will be contacted ASAP.
The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) continues to closely monitor this virus.
A hotline has been established for questions and concerns within the state of Mississippi:
Mississippi Coronavirus Hotline (877) 978-6453; 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday
Check out the Mississippi State Department of Health website for additional information for Mississippians and COVID-19
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.