Thursday, February 16, 2006
"A New York-based nonprofit children's interest group has brought a federal lawsuit against Mississippi's child welfare system after finding evidence of neglect, understaffing and fiscal mismanagement. Children's Rights released a series of reports Tuesday that say authorities in the Mississippi Department of Human Services have been aware of problems within the system, but did little to correct them.
"One of the reasons we filed this lawsuit is in fact that Mississippi children are in particular jeopardy in MDHS custody," said Eric Thompson, a senior staff attorney with Children's Rights. "This is an agency that is underfunded, understaffed and mismanaged at all levels, resulting in very real harm to children, including physical abuse and sexual abuse." By Valerie Bauman, SunHerald.com Link to Article (last visited 2-15-06 NVS)