Mississippi Senate approves replacement foster care system

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – The Mississippi Senate has approved the creation of a new foster care system to look after children in need.

Senate Bill 2179 would replace the current Division of Family and Children’s Services with a new agency to look after homeless, dependent and neglected children. The new Division of Child Protection Services would manage foster care, adoption and other child welfare services. The commissioner of the new division would be appointed by the governor.

The measure comes after the state became embroiled in a lawsuit alleging children were abused because the current division failed to do its job. A federal judge ordered the state to improve its foster care system or risk federal takeover.

The bill moves to the House for more discussion.