JACKSON, MISS– It’s time to fix problems in Mississippi’s foster care system, says an order by a federal judge.
U.S. District Judge Tom S. Lee signed the order Thursday that says the state will hire consultants to find and fix problems in the foster care system. Lee says Governor Bryant should consider bringing the state lawmakers to the capitol for a special session to deal with upcoming changes. This all comes from the Olivia Y lawsuit,which is named after one of the 8 children found to be abused while in foster care in Mississippi.
Governor Bryant says he’s ready to continue working to improve conditions for Mississippi Children.
“My intent is to improve conditions for children who find themselves in foster care in Mississippi. These children must be protected, and that is why I have advocated the creation of a Children’s Cabinet,” says Governor Bryant, “I’ll be the first to admit that Mississippi can and will do better, and I became personally involved in this issue several months ago. I believe this is a step in the right direction, and I intend to see this resolved to the benefit of these children and the state.”