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Advocate and Family Resources

Treatment for Abuse

The Batson Hospital CARE Clinic's staff at the Children's Justice Center provides non-traumatic medical examinations and treatment for physically abused, neglected and /or sexually abused children. Cases are referred to the CARE Clinic from child advocacy centers, the Department of Human Services or local law enforcement agencies.

Staff members are trained child abuse professionals with extensive medical, courtroom and investigative experience in child maltreatment. Call this number to make an appointment for a medical forensic examination or for a consultation: 601 815-0115

The CJC is located at the Jackson Medical Mall in Jackson, MS.

(click for directions)

Mississippi Campaign to End Child Homelessness

The Children's Defense Fund-Southern Regional Office is a partner to and serves on the advisory board of the Mississippi Campaign to End Child Homelessness. The campaign is a Mississippi action plan to end child homelessness. According to the Campaign, more than 12,100 children are homeless in the state each year. The Mississippi Campaign to End Child Homelessness recommends establishing a statewide Interagency Council on Homelessness to increase coordination and collaboration among state leaders and agencies, social service providers, community leaders, and families to ensure a sustained, coordinated response as a step towards preventing and ending child and family homelessness.  Two state lawmakers, Senator Hillman Frazier and Representative Stephen Holland, proposed Senate Bill 2609 and House Bill 1236 in early 2011 to address this issue. The legislation did not pass. One of the council's objectives would be to develop a statewide Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness in Mississippi that includes a focus on the needs of homeless children, youth, families, individuals, and veterans

For details on the interagency council and how you can take action, click here.