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The purpose of this program is to strengthen and support Mississippi adoptive and foster families and to insure the safety, permanency, and well-being of the children and youth placed in their care.  No adoption from foster care can exist without a history of grief or abuse.  If the child's history of trauma and associated behaviors becomes unmanageable, our post adoption team is here to help.  


Adoption Permanency Division is here to support you with:

  • Case Management – assessment to determine your family’s needs

  • Crisis Stabilization – in times of crisis with your adoptive child (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

  • Information & Referral – to provide information and referrals to adoption competent services as well as follow-up services

  • Advocacy – to advocate for you and your adopted child

  • Respite Services – planned break for resource/adoptive parents who are parenting children who have special needs and behavioral challenges

  • Short-term Groups – for training and information for those that waiting to adopt


Crisis, Referrals, Advocacy, or Support

For more information please contact one of the following closest to your area:


Valerie McClellan, LCSW-S

Division Director of Adoption Permanency Division

860 E. River Place, Suite 104

Jackson, Mississippi 39202

Office:  601.354.0983, Ext. 240


Teresa Williams

Senior Permanency Specialist

860 E. River Place, Suite 104

Jackson, Mississippi 39202

Office:  601.354.0983, Ext. 243



Myia Lane

Senior Permanency Specialist

11975 Seaway Road, Suite B300

Gulfport, Mississippi 39503

Office:  228.896.8886



Marlon Thomas

Senior Permanency Specialist

109 Hancock Street

Tupelo, Mississippi 38801

Office:  662.680.9191


Respite Services

For more information about receiving respite services or becoming a respite provider please click HERE and contact one of the following:

Molly Hendren

Respite Coordinator/Permanency Specialist (MS West)

860 E. River Place, Suite 104

Jackson, Mississippi 39202

Office:  601.354.0983, Ext. 232


Joy Pickering

Respite Coordinator/Permanency Specialist (MS East)

101 North 35th Avenue

Hattiesburg, Mississippi 39401

Office:  601.264.8821