In Mississippi: A Sweeping Legal Victory for Kids

November 14, 2007

Nov. 13, 2007—Mississippi plans a serious overhaul of its child welfare system to do more to protect the approximately 3,400 abused and neglected children in its care. Last week, the state settled a class action lawsuit spearheaded by the advocacy group Children's Rights by enacting a truly comprehensive reform plan.

The reforms include reducing workers' caseloads, raising reimbursement rates for foster parents, and ensuring that every child in foster care has at least two in-person visits with social workers per month. The state must also work to find permanent homes as quickly as possible, and provide kids medical and mental health care.

The five-year plan includes specific benchmarks and monitoring along the way.

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