Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services adoptions up

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rssfeeds.clarionledger.com – Mississippi – 2023-01-10 14:10:13

J.D. Schwalm, File photo The Clarion-Ledger
The Clarion Ledger State Capitol and downtown Jackson skyline at dusk.
State Capitol and downtown Jackson skyline at dusk.

Mississippi is only about halfway through fiscal year 2023, yet adoption numbers from the Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services are already nearing the total they hit last year, said MDCPS Commissioner Andrea Sanders during a legislative hearing Tuesday.

Sanders told the House Appropriations Committee there were 644 adoptions last fiscal year, and there have already been 600 in this year, which began July 1, 2022.

She attributes the increase to a “big push over the holidays” and to a change in attitude toward the way things were done in the past. Sanders, who took over the…

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