HATTIESBURG, Miss. — The Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services partnered with Mississippi Children’s Home Services, Southern Christian Services for Children and Youth, the Mississippi Community Education Center, and 200 Million Flowers to host a foster parent training at William Carey University in Hattiesburg during the last weekend of July.
Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Dawn Beam of Sumrall, who chairs the Mississippi Commission on Children’s Justice, brought the organizations together to help address the need for foster homes in Mississippi. At the time “Rescue 100” was announced, there were 802 children in foster care in Region 6, with only 302 foster homes, 150 of which were only licensed for relatives.
In just three short days, 76 families accomplished what would have otherwise taken months by completing the in- depth training required prior to becoming licensed to care for children involved in the child welfare system.
Rescue 100 was a great success, and this event has encouraged the agency and its partners to continue with this model of training throughout the state, with the next event scheduled for the weekend of October 21-23 in the Jackson Metro area.
If you are interested in learning more about becoming a foster parent, please contact the Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services at 1.800.821.9157 or online at mdcps.ms.gov.