Hancock County has by far the highest rate of children in the DHS system in the state. Parents, an attorney and employees of the Mississippi Department of Human services weigh in. DHS employees say things are improving.
A South Mississippi mother received a call from a Department of Human Services caseworker that her children who are in custody of the state may have been sexually abused at their foster home. Gulfport Police say they were unable to find a suspect.
Most of the complaints about child neglect within the Mississippi Department of Human Services system are deemed unfounded, yet there are thousands of children and families affected by Mississippi’s child welfare system. We show you a child’s path through the DHS system.
In a six-part multimedia series, the Sun Herald investigates the most secretive agency in Mississippi, uncovering unsubstantiated claims of child abuse to incidents of children being raped in state custody. These are the stories of families suffering from their encounters with the Mississippi Department of Human Services.
When Mississippi DHS brought them a newborn baby boy, the caseworker promised a Diamondhead couple it would be an easy adoption. Years later, they discovered DHS had taken the child from his biological mother using only a handwritten agreement on a legal pad.
Gulfport Police Chief Leonard Papania addresses the lockdown at North Gulfport Middle School on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, after students reported hearing gunshots. Papania praised students for being cautious and taking the necessary course of action in the wake of a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14, 2018.
North Gulfport Middle School was placed on lockdown Thursday afternoon after police received a phone call regarding a possible threat at the school. Gulfport Police Chief Leonard Papania addressed residents after the lockdown was lifted and then Sandra Willis led a prayer circle. At least two juveniles were detained as part of the investigation, but no one had been charged as of 2 p.m. according to police PIO Sgt. Clayton Fulks.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students arrive at Leon High School in Tallahassee Tuesday night, Feb. 20, 2018 to huge crowds of students welcoming them. Students are preparing to flood the Capitol pushing to ban the assault-style rifle used to kill 17 people at their school.