JACKSON, MISS– Over 5,000 children are currently in foster care in Mississippi.
It’s no secret that the Mississippi foster care system needs help. Lawsuits and claims of abuse in foster care, placement issues, and a lack of foster homes only adds to the daily struggle of these children who are waiting for a place to call home.
Palmer Home for Children, in Columbus and Hernando, provides a home for children displaced either temporarily or otherwise. House parents may have up to eight children in their house. These children are provided a home, meals, schooling, and all of the necessities.
Normally, Palmer Home asks for donations, for supplies, or volunteers. Due to the rising foster care issues, Palmer Home for Children CEO Drake Bassett says they’re asking for you to be empowered to help children.
“We’re asking those connected to us, those in our community, to bring us more foster care families.”
Bassett says Palmer Home will continue to provide their usual services, but now the focus extends to children that are not within the reach of the home.
“What we’re trying to do is not only get the necessary items like clothing and shelter, but we’re trying to train foster families.”
For more information about Palmer Home, or how to get started on becoming a foster parent, check out the Palmer Home website https://palmerhome.org/.