(AP) — A new report finds that Mississippi’s child welfare system continues to deteriorate, raising the stakes for state government’s effort to stave off a federal judge from taking over the system. Gov. Phil Bryant in December named former Supreme Court Justice David Chandler to lead the Division of Family and Children’s Services, ordering the unit of the Department of Human Services to report directly to him.
The department placed the infant without inspecting the foster parents’ new home, and didn’t know the foster mother had lost her job and had been convicted of a crime. In the wake of the child’s death, the department also disclosed that local officials weren’t following rules on training foster families, and had pushed 132 foster families through one-day training sessions, instead of training them over weeks as required by state policy.
The report said the system was pressured by a 26 percent increase in children in state custody from mid-2013 to mid-2015, placing “significant strain on the agency’s understaffed workforce, contributing to a decline in defendants’ performance.”
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