- Associated Press - Monday, October 3, 2016

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (AP) - The Hancock County Board of Supervisors with meet with Rep. David Baria to discuss youth court issues.

Baria tells The Sun Herald (https://bit.ly/2dmdiVT) he plans to call Monday for the creation of a county court system to replace Hancock County’s current youth court system, which is under the umbrella of Chancery Court.

In early 2015, Baria spearheaded the formation of the Hancock County Youth Court Task Force in response to the foster care crisis. At that time, Hancock County had the highest per-capita rate of children in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Human Services. Though the numbers have begun to improve, the county’s foster care rate still holds the top position.

Youth courts serve as the judicial arm of the Child Protective Services system.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, https://www.sunherald.com

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