Mississippi Hits Record Number of Adoptions


Heartwarming news: More Mississippi children are finding a place to call home.

According to the Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services, more Mississippi foster children than ever before in our state’s history found forever homes in the time spanning from July 1st of last year to June 30th this year.

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Six hundred and fifty seven finalized adoptions rounded out 2019. That’s ten more than the 647 adoptions that were finalized in the 2018 time period. That number is more than double the previous year with 302 adoptions in 2017 and for 2016, 373 adoptions were finalized.

And more good news: Another 23 adoptions have been finalized so far this month, and 129 more are waiting for final approval by the court.

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Payton Malone grew up in the small town of Archer City, Texas before moving to Norman, Oklahoma where he attended the University of Oklahoma. During his time at OU he interned as a meteorologist at KOCO in Oklahoma City where he experienced all types of weather ranging from tornadoes, flooding and winter storms. Payton received his Bachelor of Science in Geography and a Minor in Meteorology. Payton's interest in weather began at the very young age of six after a local broadcast meteorologist talked to his class about preparing for severe weather. That along with growing up in the middle of Tornado Alley, Payton has been hooked to the weather ever since. He is excited to move to the Gulf Coast and start a new adventure away from the plains. He loves venturing around the area finding new coffee shops, local places to eat, and he looks forward to being involved in the communities on the Mississippi coast. You can follow Payton on social media: Facebook: @paytonmalonewx Twitter: @paytonmalonewx Instagram: @paytoncmalone


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