Lafayette County has 36 children under the custody of the Department of Human Services, however there are only four foster families in Lafayette County. This and other facts were reported Thursday during a Child Abuse Prevention Month rally on the Square as a kick-off to Saturday’s Party in the Park event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Avent Park. (April 13, 2012, Page 2A)
As of Aug. 13, Angel Ranch temporary shelter for abused and neglected children was no longer listed as a nonprofit organization with the Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office. Due to funding problems, the shelter has struggled for about a year to remain open. (September 28, 2011, Page 1)
The Mississippi Department of Human Services is offering a one-time food assistance program to the residents of the storm-damaged areas of Lafayette County. Residents have until 7 p.m. Friday to apply for the assistance. To apply, visit the DHS office from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. today through Friday. The office is located at 819 Jackson Ave. For more information, call 866-920-6362. (May 12, 2011, Page 2)
Since Feb. 1, Angel Ranch has been providing long-term care to six females, 14 to 21 years old, who were the victims of domestic violence. This marks a change in the type of person the nonprofit agency has been providing its services. Since it began in 2006, Angel Ranch had been serving younger children by providing an emergency shelter for children who were victims of child abuse and neglect. (March 4, 2011, Page 1A)
Oxford School District’s behaviorist analyst Denise Collier has been caring for two autistic teenage boys since their mother died in November. She’s hoping someone will step up to take at least the higher functioning boy into their home and become his foster parents before they are turned back over to the state on Jan. 4. (December 23, 2010, Page 1A)
In an effort to make Christmas special for their small clients, the staff at the Lafayette County branch of the Mississippi Department of Human Services asked the community to help them play Santa’s helpers to about 100 area children. (December 23, 2010, Page 1A)
The body of a woman labeled a pauper at last week’s Lafayette County Board of Supervisor’s meeting has been claimed and put to rest by family members in Bruce.
Natalie “Nikki” Coleman was buried in Bruce Saturday in a family burial plot.
Coleman was found dead in her University Arbors apartment on Oct. 28. On Monday, Lafayette County Coroner Rocky Kennedy told supervisors he could not locate family to pay for Coleman’s cremation. The board approved to foot the bill under the county’s Pauper Burial policy. (November 8, 2010, Page 2A)
After being open for two days, 18 storm victims have visited the Federal Emergency Management Agency Disaster Recovery Center in Abbeville, according to FEMA spokeswoman Renee Bafalis. About 13 have also registered for emergency relief services online, Bafalis said. Federal and state programs have been made available for those who have registered. (May 20, 2010, Page 1)