By Al Showers | WLOX | June 3, 2015
HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - For the last six months, a Hancock County Youth Court Task Force has been studying why the county has a record number of children in DHS custody. Hancock County currently has 444 children in state custody. That's down from a high of 573 children in DHS care.We spoke with the chairman of the task force just days before the group begins to prepare a report with recommendations for change.The Youth Court Task Force has heard from hundreds of parents and grandparents who told task force members about their personal stories in dealing with DHS and the Youth Court system. They found most of the complaints had a common thread."Families who are not familiar with the system, they are provided a service agreement and they have trouble completing the service agreement, which prolongs the time families are separated," said David Baria, Chairman of the Youth Court Task Force.
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