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There are currently over half a million children in the foster care system in the United States today.

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Mississippi CPS News Archive

Mississippi News Coverage

by Noel Brinkerhoff and David Wallechinsky

Not knowing English apparently disqualifies a woman from being a good mother, according to some health officials in Mississippi.

Cirila Baltazar Cruz is an illegal immigrant from Mexico who speaks neither English nor Spanish... only Chatino. After flagging down a police car, she gave birth to a baby girl, Rubi, at Singing River Hospital in Pascagoula, and then, two days later, had the child taken from her by the Mississippi Department of Human Services.

All Gov News

September 2, 2009

by Tim Padgett and Dolly Mascarenas

Can the U.S. government take a woman's baby from her because she doesn't speak English? That's the latest question to arise in the hothouse debate over illegal immigration, as an undocumented woman from impoverished rural Mexico.

Cirila Baltazar Cruz comes from the mountainous southern state of Oaxaca, a region of Mexico that makes Appalachia look affluent. To escape the destitution in her village of 1,500 mostly Chatino Indians, Baltazar Cruz, 34, migrated earlier this decade to the U.S., hoping to send money back to two children she'd left in her mother's care. She found work at a Chinese restaurant on Mississippi's Gulf Coast.

Time Magazine

August 27, 2009

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood is announcing the state has reached a partial settlement in a federal lawsuit on foster care.

In 2004, attorneys from Children's Rights, Inc. based in New York, filed suit against Governor Haley Barbour, and the executive director of the Department of Human Services.

April 3, 2007

Mississippi and Alabama have given GPS tracking devices to social workers. The devices are embedded in cell phones. If a dangerous situation arises, workers can press a panic button on the phone to call for help.

Mississippi has issued GPS-equipped cell phones to 450 field workers. The phones can also be used to take photos of children and their home environments and record audio field notes that can be uploaded to the state's caseworker database.

ZD New Government

March 21, 2007

by Natalie Chambers

The Mississippi Department of Human Services said 169 children in foster care are in need of adoptive parents. An additional 217 foster children are in adoptive placement, which means that they are already living with prospective adoptive parents.

"A total of 386 children in the custody of MDHS are eligible to be adopted," Julia Bryan with MDHS' office of communications. There are approximately 3,337 children in foster care in Mississippi.

The Mississippi Press

November 27, 2006

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