JACKSON, Miss.— The Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services (MDCPS) has again 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 another foster parent training weekend, this time at Mississippi College in Clinton, October 21-23.
This is the third “Rescue 100” event to take place this year. “We started in south Mississippi and we are working our way through the state,” MDCPS Commissioner, Dr. David Chandler said. “The previous two Rescue 100 events were very successful in bolstering the number of available foster homes both in the Pine Belt and on the Coast of Mississippi. MDCPS is excited to once again partner with our affiliates to work towards licensing even more foster parents so that we can better serve the children of Central Mississippi.”
There are currently over 1,000 children in foster care in Central Mississippi, and there are 272 licensed foster homes. Previously, completing the licensing process took several months, with individual classes scheduled each week. In an effort to address the immediate need for more foster parents in the area, Rescue 100 will pack into three days, all the classes that foster parents are required to complete in order to become licensed. MDCPS or a private agency will then follow up with individual home visits shortly afterwards.
Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Dawn Beam, who chairs the Mississippi Commission on Children’s Justice, is spearheading the organization of the Rescue 100 programs to more efficiently train foster parents. “We have a tremendous need for loving foster homes for our children. This is an exciting effort working with the courts, local child protection staff, nonprofit organizations and local churches to wrap their arms around our children and their families,” she said.
Prospective foster parents should reside in one of the following Central Mississippi counties: Attala, Hinds, Holmes, Issaquena, Leake, Madison, Rankin, Scott, Sharkey, Warren or Yazoo and are required to first attend any one of the one-hour Orientation Classes scheduled for 6 p.m. and listed below:
October 10 – Madison Chancery Courthouse, 146 West Center Street in Canton
October 11 – Hinds Chancery Courthouse, 316 South President Street in Jackson
October 12 – Warren Chancery Courtroom, 1009 Cherry Street in Vicksburg
October 13 – Rankin County Circuit Courtroom, 215 East Government Street in Brandon
Rescue 100 is a collaborative effort among government, the faith-based community and the private sector to train more foster parents to take care of abused and neglected children. Pastors, judges, potential parents and others interested in our efforts to address the foster parent shortage are invited to attend and can register online at http://www.200millionflowers.org/rescue100/scheduled-training.