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State:                     Mississippi
Contact Persons:
  Tasha Smith, Division Director of Prevention, Division of Family and Children's Services.   
                               Cherri Hedglin, Special Projects Officer IV, Prevention Unit, Division of Family and Children's Services
Contact Address: 750 N. State Street, Jackson, MS 39202
Contact Phone:     601-359-4696
Email:
                  tasha.smith@mdhs.ms.gov, cherri.hedglin@mdhs.ms.gov
URL:                    www.mdhs.state.ms.us/fcs_citizen.htm
Founded In:
       Citizen Review Panels were required to be in place by July of 1999.
Funding:
             

Brief Description: The Mississippi Citizen Review Panel is charged with evaluating state child welfare systems and making suggestions for improvement.  This Panel is interested in promoting greater citizen involvement in programs and policies associated to the well being of children which is based on policy goals related to pragmatic and community-focused objectives.

The Mississippi Citizen Review Panel is now comprised of three panels covering the northern, central and southern part of the state. They each have the support of a university with a school of social work.

Panel membership is comprised of (1) providers of services to abused and neglected children and families, and (2) local citizens, including consumers of the Child Protective Services system such as foster parents, former foster children, adoptive parents, parents, interested business and civic representatives, educators, and members of the community at large.

2009 Citizens Review Report (pdf)

2008 Citizens Review Annual Report (pdf)

Mississippi Action Plan 2005

2003 Annual report

2002 Annual report

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