Prevention Resources

Prevention Resources

In-Home Services

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 supports caregivers to link grandparents and relative caregivers to the appropriate federal, state, and local programs. Additionally, the program assists caregivers in overcoming economic, financial, and educational issues while increasing parenting knowledge.  

These services are offered in Clarke, Covington, Forrest, George, Green, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson Davis, Jones, Kemper, Lamar, Lauderdale, Leake, Marion, Newton, Neshoba, Pearl River, Perry, Scott, Smith, Stone, Wayne, Adams, Amite, Claiborne, Copiah, Franklin, Hinds, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lincoln, Madison, Pike, Rankin, Simpson, Walthall, Warren, and Yazoo. 

Kinship Navigator Program

Kinship Navigator provides: 

  • Child Care Resources  
  • Family Support Meetings/Groups 
  • TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families)  
  • Medicaid Eligibility & Services 
  • Housing Assistance Resources 
  • Legal Assistance/Services 
  • Training and Workshops 
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Resources

Community-Based Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Programs

Starkville Oktibbeha School District Discovery Center offers families a chance of regaining strength through the Project CARE and Families Strengthening Families programs. These programs provide parent support, education, classes, and workshops. The goal is to assist families by implementing the Protective Factors that have been proven to strengthen families. These services are offered in Oktibbeha, Lowndes, Clay, Noxubee, Winston, Webster, and Choctaw.  

Families Strengthening Families provides the following services. 

Families Strengthening Families

  • Parent CAFÉ’s   
  • Active Parenting  
  • ACT Raising Safe Kids  
  • Support Groups  
  • Linkage to community resources

Project CARE Resource Library provides the following services. 

Project CARE

  • Parent Education Programs  
  • Workshops for Parents/Caregivers  
  • Support Groups  
  • Education classes and preparation workshops  
  • Employee seeking assistance  
  • Resource Directory and Library  
  • Referrals to job training, childcare, respite services, violence prevention, and other basic economic needs  
  • Family literacy  
  • Mentoring  
  • Homeless education support

Southern Christian Services for Children & Youth 

The Parent Strong Program is a community-based program that assists parents in the knowledge of parenting skills, child development, and understanding children’s needs. The Parent Strong program uses the ACT/Raising Safe Kids model: American Psychological Association, which focuses on understanding children's needs, child development, and parenting skills.  Parent Strong Program provides the following services. 

Parent Strong Program

  • ACT Raising Safe Kids 
  • Parenting Classes 
  • Family literacy 
  • Parent Resource Library 
  • Anger Management classes 
  • Mentoring 
  • Community family engaged activities 

Find Resources in My Community

MDHS Community Resources 

The Mississippi Department of Human Services has an online tool to find resources in your community.  The database is searchable by county or by services.  Providers can be located in the following categories:

  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Emergency Services
  • Family Services
  • Financial Services
  • Food
  • Goods
  • Health
  • Housing
  • Legal
  • Media
  • Recreation
  • Senior Services
  • Transportation
  • Work