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Commission on Children's Justice meets in Jackson

The Mississippi Commission on Children's Justice will meet Monday, May 16 in Jackson. Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. will open the meeting.

Justice Dawn Beam who was recently appointed co-chair of the Commission will outline the mission for the group. Justice Beam and co-chair, Rankin County Youth Court Judge Thomas Broome will preside.

Since its inception in 2006, the Commission has worked to develop a statewide comprehensive approach to improving the child welfare system. The Commission expects to recommend changes to improve children's safety, strengthen and support families and promote public trust and confidence in the child welfare system.

Justice Beam will introduce a 10 point plan that includes training for judges, court personnel and child protection workers, promote better law enforcement education and communication between agencies, engage the  medical community about mandatory reporting and documentation needs, establish programs such as Chaplains for Children/Care Portal to coordinate efforts from the faith based community, promote prevention and reporting so the community is engaged, and assist courts and the Department of Human Services in locating and providing resources to parents.

The Commission will meet at 11 a.m. in The Carroll Gartin Justice Building on High Street.

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