Mississippi Family Lawyer Discusses the State of Mississippi’s Foster Care System

Mississippi’s foster care system is in drastic need of reform. For seven years, there has been a court order in place which requires sweeping changes to many aspects of the foster care system in Mississippi. For seven years, the Mississippi foster care system has not made the changes that are needed to meet the needs of the growing number of children who are in state custody.

The Mississippi foster care system has been under scrutiny for some time now, and there is a great deal of documentation of how the system is failing to meet the needs of the thousands of children that it is supposed to serve. The problems with Mississippi’s foster care system are numerous and varied. Allegations of abuse are not being investigated promptly. Case workers have such high caseloads that they cannot check up on kids in their foster care placements often enough or do other things that they need to do in order to do their jobs properly. Children are being placed in foster care placements that are unlicensed, or that are otherwise not appropriate for their needs. Adoptions are being delayed. Children are going without health screenings and medical care in some situations. These and other issues are the reasons why a group of consultants will spend four months assessing the state’s foster care system before offering its recommendations to the state.

Additionally, the foster care system will soon be undergoing some changes in its leadership. These new leaders, which will likely include a new executive director and a new senior management team, will be responsible for implementing the recommendations of the consultants. In the event that the state is unwilling or unable to agree to implement the recommendations of the consultants, the attorneys who represent the interests of the children in the state’s foster care system have a backup plan. If necessary, they plan to ask the court to place the Mississippi foster care system in receivership. If the foster care system goes into receivership, the state government will no longer have the authority to run it, and it will be run by a party appointed by the federal court. Receivership is a rare and serious situation which has only occurred with one other foster care system, in Washington, D.C..

The Mississippi foster care system is in need of changes that will benefit both the children in it and the present and future parents and families of those children. If your child custody case involves the Mississippi foster care system, a Mississippi Family Lawyer can help you to understand that system and your child custody case. Your attorney can provide you with the legal support and information that you need in order to make informed decisions about how to proceed with your child custody case. Mississippi Family Law Attorney Matthew S. Poole has helped many parents navigate Mississippi child custody cases, and he may be able to help you, too. Please call our office today, at (601) 573-7429, to schedule a free, initial consultation.

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Mississipp Family Lawyer Discusses the State of Mississippi’s Foster Care System
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Mississippi Family Lawyer discusses the Mississippi foster care system.

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