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Child advocacy group says some foster children in critical situations

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

An update on the long running foster care lawsuit against the State of Mississippi; The state may consider making the child welfare unit a separate agency.  

U.S. District Judge Tom Lee signed an order Thursday. The state agrees to hire consultants who will recommend changes to the system, including whether the unit should become separate from the Department of Human Services.

The order also says a special legislative session might be needed to create a new agency.

A spokeswoman for Governor Phil Bryant says he will call a special session if children's welfare is in imminent danger. Marcia Robinson Lowery with the advocacy group A Better Childhood says children are in critical situations that jeopardize their safety and well-being.

In a phone interview from her New York office Thursday night, Lowery told us,

"It's like all of these kids have been turned loose in the woods and left to fend for themselves," Lowery told us in a phone interview from her New York Office. "Some of them are lucky and find a good place. A lot of them aren't lucky, and the care of children should not be left to luck."

Lowery tells us 482 children are in unlicensed or unapproved placements.

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