in-CIRCLE is an intensive, home and community-based family preservation, reunification, and support services program for families with children at risk of out-of-home placement. It is designed and implemented to help break the cycle of family dysfunction by strengthening families, keeping children safe, and reducing foster care and other out-of-home placements. The primary goal of the program is to remove the risk of harm to the child rather than removing the child by:
- reducing unnecessary out-of-home placements
- preventing and/or reducing child abuse and neglect
- improving family functioning
- enhancing parenting skills
- increasing access to social and formal and informal concrete supports
- addressing mental health and substance use issues
- reducing child behavior problems
- safely reunifying families.
Kinship Navigator Program
The Kinship Navigator Program offered by the Southern Mississippi Planning and Development District (SMPDD) offers a chance for kinship caregivers who serve as the primary caregiver for children whose parents are unable to care for them at this time experience a new found happiness while removing barriers to needed resources and promoting child safety, permanency, and well-being.
Starkville/Oktibbeha School District Discovery Center
The Starkville Oktibbeha School District Discovery Center is home to more than a dozen grant-based programs aimed at connecting home, school and community with excellence. Our passion is to strengthen and encourage healthy families in Oktibbeha County by offering year-round programs to assist children, support parents, and empower families to focus on the importance of family, school and community working together. Programming emphasizes family protective factors through proven practices. Family services are funded through federal, state, local and private foundation grants, as well as, donations from the community.
Southern Christian Services
Southern Christian Services for Children and Youth, Inc. provides children and family services throughout the State of Mississippi. Licensed by the Mississippi Department of Human Services and certified by the Mississippi Department of Mental Health, and accredited by the Council of Accreditation (COA), Southern Christian is a member agency of the Mississippi Association of Child Caring Agencies and is an affiliate of the National Benevolent Association of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) as well as a member of Disciples Care Network.