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.
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.