Mississippi Commission on Children's Justice

It takes a village to raise a child.

When it comes to child welfare, it certainly takes everyone doing their part to improve the system. That is the spirit at the center of the Mississippi Commission on Children’s Justice, MCCJ.

The MCCJ, at its core, is the collaborative home for emerging ideas about child welfare in the state. Statewide stakeholders from the judiciary, the executive branch — including the Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services, MDCPS, and the Department of Human Services, MDHS — and the Legislative Branch join non-profit organizations, the private sector and the voices of those who have lived through the system. Together, these stakeholders discuss new approaches to a difficult system, with topics ranging from new practices throughout courtrooms and investigations to suggestions for new legislation.

MCCJ Mission Statement

The Mississippi Supreme Court created the Commission on Children’s Justice by order on April 26, 2006, and re-established the Commission by order on June 8, 2010. Click here. The Supreme Court charged the Commission on Children’s Justice with developing a statewide comprehensive approach to improving the child welfare system; coordinating the three branches of government in assessing the impact of government actions on children who are abused or neglected; and recommending changes to improve children’s safety, strengthen and support families, and promote public trust and confidence in the child welfare system.