Strengthening Families & Nurturing Children and Youth

It is our belief that families and youth deserve to be treated with respect and dignity, at no time more so than when they are facing a crisis. Children’s Mental Health staff recognizes the importance of the family and community, and work diligently to help families resolve crises without disrupting the family unit. Home and neighborhood based interventions and collaborating with families’ informal and formal support systems are key program components. When a youth has a serious emotional disturbance, the youth and each family member face many challenges and they deserve compassion and support as they face them.

There is no place for blaming, using shame, passing judgment, or doubting the competence of families in programs claiming to offer assistance in crisis situations. Each family and youth seeking services bring with them unique lifestyles, goals, socio-cultural values, support systems, strengths, insights and needs and these serve as the guiding forces in treatment planning and interventions. We view families as partners in the treatment process and recognize that successful interventions require aligning with families, capitalizing on strengths, and respecting families’ complex relationships.

Children’s Mental Health staff members are always guided by what is in the best interest of youth and families and adapt services to youth’ and families’ needs, creating hope and opportunity in those situations, which have traditionally been viewed as difficult.

Adoption Services

Catholic Charities commits itself to the philosophy that every child has a right to a permanent loving home. Our efforts are directed toward finding a family for any child in need of a home, regardless of the special needs that may be involved.

Adoption Services are provided for those seeking to open their homes and hearts to adoptable children. Families are especially needed for older children, children of minority or mixed racial heritage, and children with special medical needs.

Our programs do not discriminate against persons based on race, age, residence, creed, religion or socio-economic status.

For more information, please contact:
Adoption/Maternity/Infant Foster Care Program, 850 East River Place, Jackson, MS 39202
Direct: 601-960-8649

Office: (601) 960-8649
Fax: (601) 960-8657

Born Free / New Beginnings

Born Free/New Beginnings offers substance use treatment for pregnant mothers and mothers with children ages 0-4. Born Free/New Beginnings gives admission preferences to women who are currently pregnant and women who are currently using IV drugs to ensure admission within 48 hours of initial contact. If there is no bed availability, Born Free/New Beginnings will work with individual in identifying an appropriate referral for treatment as well as any interim services needed.

Born Free is a 90 day residential treatment program that offers person centered specialized treatment for women who have addiction and co-occurring mental health and trauma disorders. Women in the program engage in educational and therapeutic groups with opportunities to participate in community NA/AA meetings weekly. Specialized individual counseling sessions are offered weekly with the opportunity to also engage family members in treatment if desired. Women will also receive peer support services from a certified peer support specialist to address community needs and connection to resources to assist in future success with recovery.  Born Free/New Beginnings is connected to our sister program Karitas, a daycare that provides a nurturing atmosphere for children to thrive during the day while their mothers focus on treatment.

Upon discharge from the program, we connect women to community based resources such as job placement and housing to help them have a stable atmosphere for their recovery. Born Free/New Beginnings gives mothers and their children a new start with life, a life free from addiction.

For more information, please contact:
Kelli Leo, Program Director
Direct: 601-355-8634

Hope Haven Home Based

Hope Haven Home Based provides home-based wraparound services to families with children ages 3-21 in crisis in the Hinds, Madison and Rankin county areas. Support is provided in both the schools and community environments. Services are available to children who have a mental health diagnosis or would be eligible for services upon evaluation by a psychiatrist or psychologist. Wraparound is a community-based planning process grounded in a philosophy on unconditional commitment to support families to safely and competently care for their children. The single most important outcome of the wraparound approach is a child thriving in a permanent home and supported by normal community services along with natural and informal supports. Services are typically provided for one year.

Anyone having reasonable cause to suspect that a child is a neglected or abused can report it to:

Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-222-8000

For more information, please contact:
Lakeisha Davis, Program Director
Direct: 601-355-8634

Kinship Navigator

The Kinship Navigator Program was created to support caregivers by offering information, referrals, and connections to federal, local, and state programs. The Kinship Navigator Program offers a chance for kinship caregivers who serve as the primary caregiver for children whose parents are unable to care for them at this time experience a new found happiness while removing barriers to needed resources and promoting child safety, permanency, and well-being.

What is Kinship Care?
Kinship care is a family centered approach that enhances and improves the connections and dynamics between all family members through supportive services for those caring for loved ones full-time between the ages of birth to 18. Full-time placements are with those considered to be kinship caregivers such as: grandparents, but also aunts, uncles, siblings and non-blood related kin.

Kinship Care Makes the Difference
The Kinship Navigator Program connects caregivers to
helpful information and resources such as but not limited

  • Child Care Resources
  • Family Support Meetings/Groups
  • Educational Guidance/Issues
  • TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families)
  • Medicaid Eligibility & Services
  • Housing Assistance Resources
  • Legal Assistance/Services
  • Trainings & Workshops
  • Medical, Dental & Vision Resources Benefits of the Kinship Program
  • Assist Kinship caregivers in overcoming economic, financial, and educational issues.
  • Assist Kinship caregivers in building long lasting relational bonds while providing stability and safety with a kinship child.
  • Equips Kinship Caregivers with family centered and strength based training in an effort to increase parenting knowledge.
  • Promotes opportunities for establishing and building memories. Is Kinship Right for Me?
  • Are you caring for a child(ren) between the ages of birth to 18?
  • Are you related to the child(ren) you’re caring for by kinship (grandparent, aunt, uncle, sibling, or step-parent)?
  • Are you responsible for providing short term or long-term care for the child(ren) not biologically yours?
  • Are you in need of additional assistance and/or resources to help you meet the needs of the child(ren)?

If you answered yes to any of these questions then the Kinship Navigator Program is here to serve you.

For more information, please contact:
LaQuita Brown, Program Coordinator
Direct: 601-540-8772

Biloxi, Mississippi 39503

Office: 1 800-844-8655

Healing Hearts Family Counseling

Healing Hearts Family Counseling of Catholic Charities was developed in response to the growing needs of central Mississippi for affordable, comprehensive, and professional counseling services for individuals, couples and families. Healing Hearts is a Department of Mental Health certified community out-patient counseling center for children and adolescents.
Services at Healing Hearts are available to any individual, couple or family needing support in dealing with issues that cause challenges and affect their quality of life.

Counseling at Healing Hearts Family Counseling is offered through a continuum of research-based interventions:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), 1, 2, 3 Magic Parenting Program, Trauma Focused CBT (TF CBT) for children/adolescents who have experienced a traumatic event, Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for adults who have experienced a traumatic event, Eye movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Gottman Institute therapy for couples, and SPARCS, an intervention for adolescents responding to chronic stress.

Appointments are available Monday through Friday, 8:30 am until 6:00 pm. After hour appointments are available based on counselors’ availability.

Services are funded by an hourly fee, more major insurance carriers, and Medicaid. Grants and donations are sought to keep fees reasonable when possible. Practicing Catholics, referred by their pastor, may be eligible for assistance through Catholic Service Appeal funds.

Individuals traumatized by crime can receive counseling services through Healing Hearts that may be reimbursed through the Attorney General’s Office of Crime Victim Compensation.

Why use Healing Hearts Family Counseling?

Individuals: Counseling services for individuals are primarily addressed with the use of CBT. CBT addresses the relationship between our thoughts, feelings and behaviors; identifying distorted thought patterns which may be perpetuating the dysfunction and setting goals to learn helpful behaviors.

Therapists at Healing Hearts are trained in supporting parents as they develop positive parenting skills which will enable them to guide their children in building strong self-esteem and addressing behavioral issues. Counseling can also help parents minimize the impact of divorce on their children.

Couples who face challenges in their relationship typically wait six years to begin counseling. If these problems are dealt with earlier, they have a much greater chance of building a supportive, loving relationship. Couples therapy at Healing Hearts Family Counseling is guided by the 35+ years of research by The Gottman Institute.

Trauma Treatment:
The counselors at Healing Hearts are trained in the treatment of trauma in children, adolescents and adults utilizing research-based therapeutic techniques that lead to shorter treatment terms and better outcomes for the individuals and families participating.

What is trauma? Trauma is defined as an emotional wound that creates substantial, lasting damage to the psychological development of a person. Common sources of trauma include abuse and neglect; serious accidental injury; experiencing or witnessing community violence or violence in the home; and treatment for a life threatening illness.

Child trauma is common. More than 25% of American youth experience a traumatic event by the time they reach the age of 18. Children experience a wide range of reactions following traumatic events, and children of different ages react to trauma differently. Signs of reactions to trauma include fear, anger, withdrawal, trouble concentrating, digestive problems and problems sleeping. Studies show trauma reactions interfere with development of the brains and bodies of youth and can cause lifelong disabilities that create challenges in developing relationships and basic life skills if they are not addressed.

Adults, who have experienced extremely upsetting events, can have similar reactions, such as anger management difficulties, withdrawal from family and friends, relationship problems, trouble concentrating at work, headaches, digestive problems and problems sleeping. These issues can cause lifelong problems that can interfere with the person’s quality of life and ability to have meaningful relationships with others if left untreated.

In summary, Healing Hearts Family Counseling services include counseling for depression, anxiety, problems with mood, relationship/marital problems, child/adolescent abuse and trauma, divorce, grief due to any type loss, parenting issues, general family challenges, addiction issues, and adult issues associated with childhood trauma.

Other Links

National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Harvard Center for the Developing Child
TED Talk, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris
The Gottman Institute
National Institute of Mental Health

For more information, please contact:
Lakeisha Davis, Clinical Coordinator
Direct: 601-355-8634

Office: (601) 326.3732

Supportive Services for Veteran Families

SSVF offers Homelessness Prevention & Stabilization Services to low-income Veterans and their families within the 65 counties of Central, Southwest, and Northern, MS. The goal of the SSVF program is to provide Veterans with support and skills necessary to maintain long term independent living.

Supportive services include:

  • Case Management
  • Child Care
  • Daily Living Services
  • Health Services
  • Home Repairs
  • Housing
  • Outreach
  • Personal Financial Planning
  • Transportation Services
  • Utility Assistance

If you are a Veteran or know a Veteran in need of supportive service please call:

Requested items for the first meeting (if possible)

  • Identification
  • VA Benefit card
  • Social Security card
  • DD-214
  • Income statements
  • Eviction notice (If applicable)

This was funded [in part] by a grant from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. The opinions, findings, and conclusions stated herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.

For more information, please contact:
Chamon Williams, Program Coordinator
Direct: 601-355-8634

Office: 601-355-8634
Fax: 601-326-3781

Therapeutic Foster Care

Therapeutic Foster Care offers intensive in-home intervention, individual, family therapy, case management, advocacy, consultation, and support to seriously emotionally disturbed youth, their biological families and their foster families. All services are provided using wrap-around principles with a primary goal of achieving permanency for children/youth who are unable to be served in less restrictive settings. Children served range from two to twenty years and come from all regions of the state. Program offices are in Jackson, Mississippi and foster homes are located within a sixty mile radius of Jackson.

Become a Therapeutic Foster Parent
A Therapeutic Foster Care Parent can be a rewarding experience. Not only can your family be an out reach of love and support to a needful child, but that child can bring a bountiful enrichment to the family unit. Children in the program range from two to twenty years of age. Most are children with emotional and behavioral problems and most have histories of abuse and/or neglect. A therapeutic family can be the supporting unit that helps them learn healthier, more productive ways to live in a normal family.

We need foster families who are between 25 and 60 years of age, who are accepting and flexible, with the time to devote to a needy child. The program provides:

  • Weekly therapy for the child
  • Foster parent training and certification
  • Monthly support group meeting
  • Monthly stipend for foster families to help compensate for their time and additional expense
  • A chance to make a difference in the life of a child

To become a foster parent contact Amy Turner at (601) 326.3737 or via email at

For more information, please contact:
Amy Turner, Program Director
Direct: 601-355-8634

Office: (601) 326.3733
Fax: (601) 326.3752