Mississippi foster and adoption guidelines

Every child deserves a home. Adults also need the connections that a family brings. Please let us help you on your adoption and foster journey.

For information about becoming a foster parent or adopting a child from foster care in Mississippi, please contact:

Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services
Foster/Adoption Information Hotline
Phone: 800-821-9157

Things you should know

Foster and adoption licensing requirements

Minimum requirements include:

  • Completion of required agency forms.
  • Medical information completed by a physician.
  • You can be single or married.
  • Verification of marriages and divorces, if applicable.
  • Currently reside in the state of Mississippi.
  • Applicants must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Child Abuse Registry checks for all adults in the home.
  • Police record clearance for all adults in the home.
  • References for employment and character.
  • Sanitation and water inspection, if not on approved system.
  • Home visits and interviews with all household members.
  • Active telephone service in the home.
  • Smoke alarm and no less than a four-pound ABC-type fire extinguisher.
  • Minimum income that proves applicant is self-supporting and could financially meet the needs of an additional family member.
  • Transportation available at all times.
  • Participate in at least 15 hours of pre-service training.
  • Child must have his or her own bed, and no adult or child of the opposite sex may sleep in the same room with him or her.
  • Life insurance coverage for family, child and a plan for the child in the event of disability or death of parent.

Costs to foster and adopt

There are fees involved for home studies completed by some private agencies. However, many families use low-cost or almost no-cost adoption and foster options every year.

Agency contact and orientation information

For this information, please contact:

Jasper Lowe III
Recruitment Manager
Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services
Office: 601-359-4519
Email: jasper.lowe@mdcps.ms.gov

Parent support groups

For this information, please contact:

Jasper Lowe III
Recruitment Manager
Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services
Office: 601-359-4519
Email: jasper.lowe@mdcps.ms.gov

Information on Mississippi's children

For this information, please contact:

Jasper Lowe III
Recruitment Manager
Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services
Office: 601-359-4519
Email: jasper.lowe@mdcps.ms.gov