Gov. Bryant, others push for more people to get trained as foster parents

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JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) — The State of Mississippi is in need of more foster parents.

Gov. Phil Bryant was joined by others Friday afternoon to talk about the need.

Representatives from Rescue 100 were also present. The group’s goal is to train more foster parents to take of children who have been abused or neglected.

Officials tell us that there are more than 1,000 children in foster care in Attala, Hinds, Holmes, Issaquena, Leake, Madison, Rankin, Scott, Sharkey, Warren and Yazoo counties. However, there are only 271 licensed resource homes in those counties.

“We have a tremendous need for loving foster homes for our children,” said Justice Dawn Beam, chair of the Mississippi Commission on Children’s Justice. “This is an exciting effort working with the courts, local child protection staff, non-profit organizations and local churches to wrap their arms around our children and their families.”

Rescue 100 will hold its third weekend intense training for prospective foster parents Oct. 21-23 at Mississippi College in Clinton.

Before the training, there will be four orientations scheduled for those who want to learn more about the requirements. Anyone interested in attending the weekend training must first attend an orientation.

Each of the one-hour orientation sessions is scheduled for 6 p.m. Dates and locations are:

  • Oct. 10, Canton,  Madison Chancery Courthouse, Board of Supervisors Room, 146 West Center Street;
  • Oct. 11, Jackson,  Hinds Chancery Courthouse, 316 South President Street;
  • Oct. 12, Vicksburg, Warren Chancery Courtroom, 1009 Cherry Street;
  • Oct. 13, Brandon,  Rankin County Circuit Courtroom, 215 East Government Street.

Get more information on Rescue 100’s website.

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