JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A children's rights group says Mississippi has made little to no progress in improving its foster care system since a 2008 court settlement established a five-year plan for the state.
The Clarion-Ledger reports the criticism from New York-based Children's Rights followed a monitoring report filed with the U.S. District Court in Jackson in early September by the independent Center and Support of Families.
But Lori Woodruff, who is deputy administrator for the Department of Human Services' Family and Children's Services Division, says a recent federal review shows the agency is stronger in areas of safety and child well-being.
Children's Rights sued Mississippi in 2004 over its child welfare system.