Friday, July 6, 2012

Agency Accused Of Failing Foster Kids

By: ROSS ADAMS | WJTV
Published: July 05, 2012
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A new report accuses Mississippi’s department of human services of failing to do its job of protecting children.

The cases involve kids placed in foster care who may be abused.

According to the recently released findings, DHS is not complying with guidelines to quickly respond to reports and problems of abuse in cases involving children in foster care.

A federally appointed court monitor released the findings. Their job is to oversee the guidelines laid out from a settlement reached in a class action lawsuit filed against DHS in 2004.

The New York-based group Children's Rights accused the state of knowing about problems in the system for over a decade, yet failing to protect abused and neglected children. According to the group, there is no set deadline for the state to comply with the terms of the settlement. We made several attempts to contact DHS to hear what they have to say. We haven’t yet heard back.