Families from across the world looking to help the child abandoned at Goodwill, MDCPS says

MISSISSIPPI — Just minutes after local and national media outlets showed the 2-year-old boy who was abandoned at a Goodwill Store in Southaven, help has come pouring in from across the world.

Hundreds of people have contacted the Mississippi Department of Child Protective Services to help the little boy.

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Calls and emails have come in from across the country, even across the globe that includes DeSoto County, New York, California, British Columbia, Germany, Australia and Ireland.

“The overwhelming generosity of Americans is tangible in this scenario,” said MDCPS Commissioner Andrea Sanders. “While we cannot disclose information related to any child in need of protection, we are grateful and moved by the compassion of people everywhere. I am hopeful that this story will inspire awareness of the need to support all of the children entrusted to our care.”

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Mississippi State Law prevents MDCPS from commenting on any specific case when a child is placed into state custody, therefore the agency is prohibited from commenting on whether a particular child is involved with the agency, a release said.

“While the media reports of this situation are drawing national attention, the ongoing need for individuals to serve as foster families and adoptive families is critical every day of the year for every child placed in MDCPS custody,” Sanders said.

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“We will always need loving families to care for children, as well as the backing of the greater community to stabilize families and prevent trauma to children before it happens,” she said.

MDCPS currently has more than 3,800 children and youth in care.

If you are looking to help any children in foster care, be a foster parent or adopt, visit MDCPS, Tennessee’s Children’s Services or Arkansas’ Division of Children and Family Services.

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