Hard to understand. Hard to stop.
Every day in America, four children will DIE at the
of those who should love and care for them.
Over 18,000 reports of abuse and neglect are
filed every year here in Mississippi. Officials estimate
that only 50% of the actual incidents of abuse and
neglect are reported.
Please click on the link below to find out more about
child abuse issues, information on the lawsuit against
the state of Mississippi and stories of actual abuse and neglect. Please be aware that the pictures and
information posted on this page are not suitable for
Child Abuse happens in YOUR neighborhood to
children in YOUR child or grandchild's school. It affects all of us.
to Hope Haven Children's Services on the Web
For 19 years, we have provided services to the children across south Mississippi. Hope Haven's mission and services have changed over the years. We began as an organization that operated an emergency shelter for abused and neglected children. Today, we do much more and tomorrow...we will do what needs to be done to help children.
When you help a child today....
You write the history of tomorrow.
Please visit the different pages so you get an idea of how much we are doing! Thank you for the support from you and our community!
Every child should have the opportunity to grow up in a loving and safe home with caring parents or caregivers. Families who work hard and are suddenly faced with an economic crisis should not have to worry about the state taking their children into custody. Children in custody of the state should be monitored and given the opportunity for their voice to be heard in Youth Court. Teens who have aged out of the States Foster Care system need help starting out on their own and getting an education.
Thank you to our wonderful group of volunteers, donors and corporate sponsors that have joined hands with us to make Hope Haven one of the most active and effective non profit organizations here in south Mississippi. Together... we'll keep the dream going.
* Please click on the "How to Donate" on the left
so we can continue to make a difference.
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Hope Haven has been featured in The Sun Herald's special section as part of their 2014 "Guide to Giving." The "Guide to Giving" is a special online pamphlet put out by The Sun Herald and IP Casino Resort and Spa showcasing South Mississippi charities
"...so they can help others help themselves...".
Our annual children's health fair is this coming Saturday, the 2nd of August at the American Legion Post 77 at the end of Waveland Ave. near the RR tracks. The doors open at 10am and it ends at 1pm. If you come early make sure you bring water for you and your kids! It will be hot standing in line. We will pass out backpacks to Hancock County children who are at the fair in grades K through 6th grade only. This year we will have vision screening and hearing screening but unfortunately we could not locate a dentist who is willing to do dental screening for us. See you at the fair!
HOW MUCH DOES CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT COST YOU THE TAXPAYER? HERE IN HANCOCK COUNTY THE COST OF CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT COST TAXPAYERS AROUND 7.5 MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR! THE ESTIMATED COST OF CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT IN THE THREE COASTAL COUNTIES IS OVER 22 MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR. THE COST TO THE CHILDREN WHO SUFFER THE ABUSE AND NEGLECT CAN NOT BE PUT DOWN ON PAPER.
HOW MUCH DO YOU THINK IS BEING SPENT ON PREVENTING CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT IN OUR THREE COASTAL COUNTIES BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, STATE GOVERNMENT, COUNTY GOVERNMENTS OR LOCAL CITIES????
TO THE BEST OF OUR KNOWLEDGE....NOT A SINGLE PENNY. PLEASE CONSIDER DONATING TO HOPE HAVEN AND OTHER NON PROFITS WHO ARE STRUGGLING TO SAVE THE INNOCENT CHILDREN....YOUR HELP...IS THEIR HOPE.
TERRY LATHAM DIRECTOR