Foster parent training scheduled July 29-31 for Pine Belt region

By: Howard Ballou, News Anchor (Original Post)

HATTIESBURG, MS (Mississippi News Now) – 
A weekend of intense training for new foster parents is scheduled for July 29-31 at William Carey University in Hattiesburg.

The goal of the program, called Rescue 100, is to provide 100 more licensed foster homes to meet the needs of abused and neglected children in the Pine Belt area.

Organizers hope to train 200 foster parents in Forrest, Lamar, Marion, Pearl River and Perry counties.

Four orientations are scheduled at county courthouses. Anyone interested in attending the weekend training must first attend an orientation. People may register here.

Starting at 6 p.m. and lasting an hour, the orientations are scheduled as follows:
  • July 18 – Marion County Chancery Court, Columbia
  • July 19 – Pearl River County Government Building, Picayune
  • July 20 – Lamar County Courthouse, Purvis
  • July 21 – Forrest County Chancery Court, Hattiesburg

“Throughout the state, there is a shortage of foster homes,” said Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Dawn Beam of Sumrall. “We have children that need to be placed in foster care, and there is nowhere to place them.”

Justice Beam, chair of the Mississippi Commission on Children’s Justice, is spearheading organization of Rescue 100 programs to train foster parents. 

A date for the central Mississippi program will be announced soon. More than 20 families are on the waiting list.

Rescue 100 is a collaborative effort of the Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services, the Mississippi Commission on Children’s Justice and adoption agencies including; 200 Million Flowers, Mississippi Children’s Home Services and Southern Christian Services for Children and Youth.

Area churches are invited to join the effort.

“This is Child Protection Services, the courts and the faith-based community all coming together to meet the needs of our children,” Justice Beam said.

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