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Foster parent planning session scheduled in Jackson

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Leaders of an effort to recruit more foster parents to take care of abused and neglected children will hold a meeting Friday, September 9th  at the Gartin Justice Building located at 450 High Street in Jackson at 10 a.m.

According to a press release from the Office of Courts, Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr., Justice Dawn Beam, Child Protection Services Director Dr. David Chandler and a representative of the governor's office are expected to participate in the Rescue 100 Vision meeting to discuss plans for the state's third mass training of foster parents.

Pastors, judges and others interested in efforts to address the foster parent shortage are invited to attend.  

The training is scheduled for prospective foster parents October 21-23 at Mississippi College in Clinton. Residents of Attala, Hinds, Holmes, Issaquena, Leake, Madison, Rankin, Scott, Sharkey, Warren and Yazoo counties are invited to participate.

Four orientations are scheduled before the training so those considering becoming licensed foster parents can learn about the requirements. Each of the one hour orientation sessions is scheduled for 6 p.m. Dates and locations are listed below:

Oct. 10, Canton,  Madison Chancery Courthouse, Board of Supervisors Room, 146 West Center Street

Oct. 11, Jackson,  Hinds Chancery Courthouse, 316 South President Street;

Oct. 12, Vicksburg, Warren Chancery Courtroom, 1009 Cherry Street;

Oct. 13, Brandon,  Rankin County Circuit Courtroom, 215 East Government Street. 

The goal of Rescue 100 is to provide 100 more licensed foster homes to meet the needs of abused and neglected children in Central Mississippi. Justice Beam who is the chair of the Mississippi Commission on Children's Justice said, “we have a tremendous need for loving foster homes for our children. This is an exciting effort working with the courts, local child protection staff, non-profit organizations and local churches to wrap their arms around our children and their families."

Anyone interested in attending the weekend training must first attend an orientation and can register at: www.200millionflowers.org/rescue100.

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