Mississippi foster care kids untracked

JACKSON, MS (AP) - A federal judge is considering a complaint from Children's Rights Inc. that Mississippi has not implemented a computer tracking system to trace foster children in its custody.

The Clarion-Ledger reports U.S. District Judge Tom S. Lee heard arguments this past week. Marcia Lowry, executive director of the advocacy group, says the state should be held in contempt of a 2008 federal consent decree.

She wants an independent third party over the Department of Human Services' children services division to ensure terms of the settlement are carried out.

Rusty Fortenberry, an attorney for the state, says some requirements haven't been met in the first two years of agreement, but he said the state is making progress. Children's Rights filed a 2004 lawsuit that resulted in the 2008 agreement.

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