- Associated Press - Saturday, September 10, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Gov. Phil Bryant is asking families and churches to help recruit and train more foster parents in Mississippi, to take care of abused and neglected children.

The governor and leaders of a faith-based initiative called Rescue 100 held a planning meeting Friday on the effort. Bryant described it as helping “to save the lives of the youngest and dearest among us.”

Rescue 100 is trying to get another 100 foster homes licensed in central Mississippi, where there are more children than licensed homes to take them.

The licensing process can take months, so Rescue 100 has been offering all the classes required for someone to be licensed as a foster parent in three-day training sessions. One-hour orientations are scheduled before the training, so people can learn about the requirements and decide if they would like to become foster parents.

The next weekend training session is scheduled for Oct. 21-23 at Mississippi College in Clinton. Residents of Attala, Hinds, Holmes, Issaquena, Leake, Madison, Rankin, Scott, Sharkey, Warren and Yazoo counties are invited to participate.

Four orientations will be held ahead of that session. Information is available at: www.200millionflowers.org/rescue100 .

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