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Children's Services

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A forever family is the happy ending every child deserves

Individuals experiencing unplanned pregnancies come to Catholic Charities to receive support, and counseling, from professional staff that educate and assist them as they make decisions and plan a future for their infants and themselves. Our goal is to prepare and support both birth and adoptive parents throughout the adoption process.

Birth parents select from approved waiting family profiles, the adoptive parents that they wish to have raise their child. Most birthparents’ preference is to review adoptive parent profiles that match their values and desires for their child’s upbringing in regard to religion and family composition. Other factors frequently influencing their decision include a mutually agreed upon level of openness, economic stability, education, personal interests and health. Birth parents may express a preference for couples who are unable to conceive.

Applicants must be at least 25 years of age, be in good health, demonstrate the financial means to support a family, and meet state licensing standards. Applicants will be required to share information about their marriage, childhood and family background, medical history, religion, education and employment history and the values they desire to share as parents. Applicants must receive clearance from state, federal, etc. We welcome prospective parents of all religious, racial and ethnic backgrounds, and accept applications to meet ongoing programmatic needs. Adoption Services are statewide in Mississippi.

Kinship Navigator

The Kinship Navigator Program was created to support caregivers who have taken on the primary role and responsibility of caring for their relatives’ children between the ages of birth to 18. Caregivers can be a grandparent, aunt, uncle, sibling, or non-blood related kin. Children include the caregiver’s siblings, nieces, nephews, or grandchildren. Kinship assists caregivers in learning about, locating, and using programs and services to meet the needs of the children they are raising, in addition to their own needs as caregivers.

Caregivers receive help navigating through local, state, and federal forms of assistance to determine their eligibility and guidance through the Kinship permanency process to obtain Legal Guardianship or Adoption to establish a legal commitment to the child. The program works to identify and address the family’s holistic needs, stressors, health, safety, and well-being while incorporating a family-driven approach to support and strengthen their kinship care arrangements.

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The Jackson Victim Services Program provides the following services;

Temporary 30-45 Days emergency Shelter services

Individual /Group Counseling/Group Support 

Case Management ,Assessment, Service Planning

Advocacy,  Information/referral assistance and court advocacy  

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