Gartin Building Court Room Alcove
Mississippi Commission on Children's Justice



Parent Representation

The Parent Representation Task Force began as a collaboration between several state entities and funding organizations to help bring subsidized representation to indigent parents facing child removal proceedings in court. The original partners included the Court Improvement Project, Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services, Casey Family Programs, University of Mississippi School of Law, Mississippi College School of Law ‘s Mission First Legal Aid Office, the American Bar Association, Mississippi Center for Legal Services, Mississippi Attorney General’s Office, and the Mississippi Judicial College.

The effort began in 2012 with four sites which soon expanded to six. After 2016, the Kellogg Foundation and the Office of State Public Defender joined the effort. As a result of this collective effort, state funding has been appropriated. In 2018, the Parent Representation Task Force became institutionalized through the Mississippi Commission on Children’s Justice. The Task Force continues to meet quarterly, and a Strategic Leadership Team was created in 2019 to provide direction for expansion of the program.

Parent Representation Counties
COUNTIES YEAR ESTABLISHED
Adams 2012
Alcorn 2019
Bolivar 2017
Desoto 2016
Forrest 2012
Hancock 2015
Harrison 2013
Hinds 2017
Itawamba 2019
Jackson 2018
Lafayette 2016
Lamar 2019
Lee 2019
Lowndes 2019
Madison early 1980s
Marion 2019
Monroe 2019
Perry 2019
Pontotoc 2019
Prentiss 2020
Rankin 2012
Pearl River 2018
Tishomingo 2019
Union 2019
Warren 2019
Yazoo 2019