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Group presses for MS foster care reforms

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A national group continues to press for reforms for the State Department of Human Services over its care of foster children in Mississippi.

A status conference was held in federal court in Jackson Thursday morning. Children's Rights filed a lawsuit charging Mississippi with failing to provide legally required care and protection to the nearly 3,500 abused and neglected children in state custody.

We talked with the Executive Director of Children's Rights Marcia Robinson Lowry by phone Thursday night.

"Mississippi for the last four years has been either the worst or the second worst state in the country in the way in which children in state custody are being abused while under the protection of the state," Lowry said.

Lowry says the state still does not maintain reliable data on what happens to children in foster care. Lowry tells us the state is at least five years behind in making court ordered changes to track children in the system. She says her group is now starting the process to bring the state to court for contempt.

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