JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Judge Carlyn Hicks, Youth Court staff, and the Hinds County Office of Child Protection Services celebrated the reunifications of 185 children with their families on Friday at the Hinds County Youth Court.
The leaders released 185 balloons – one for each child and six families who joined in “Painting the Pathway to Reunification.”
Earlier in the year, nearly 400 children were in custody.
Previously, Hinds County had the highest number of foster children, but that is no longer a reality because of the initiative and the youth court.
Judge Hicks said, “What I can say is that the youth court is here for the community in Hinds County. We don’t want the perception of just being surveillance or punishing families. When families find themselves in youth court, we want them to know that they are supported.”