Child Welfare and Child Advocacy

The purpose of the Child Welfare and Child Advocacy Section of The Mississippi Bar is to provide a forum for attorneys who practice in varying aspects of child welfare/juvenile law practice related to children: prosecution and agency representation, parent representation, child representation, and guardian ad litem work in child protection and termination of parental rights proceedings in Youth Court and Chancery Courts; defense and prosecution of juvenile delinquency and status offender or CHINS (Children in Need of Services) cases; miscellaneous Youth Court advocacy regarding competency, emancipation and parental notification issues; and handling of adoption proceedings. The Section may also focus on representation at school tribunals, advocacy in IEP and other meetings, and quasi-judicial procurement of social security disability, Medicaid and other entitlements. The Section participates in efforts to keep members informed of changing federal and state laws and of agency rules, policies and regulations and to enhance the practice of law relevant to children, except for matters related to matrimonial law as covered by the Family Law Section. The Section may work closely with the Young Lawyer's Division's Child Advocacy Committee in its endeavors and activities on behalf of children and families.


Child Welfare and Child Advocacy Section
2023-2024 Executive Committee 

Edna Jones-Stringer, Brandon
Stringer & Associates
[email protected]  
(601) 573-8104

Vice Chair
Julie Howell Addison, Oxford
U.S. Attorney's Office - Northern District of Mississippi
[email protected] 
(662) 234-3351

Judge Carlyn M. Hicks, Jackson
County Court Judge - Hinds County
[email protected]
(601) 968-6670

Past Chair
Judge Joseph Kilgore, Philadelphia
Chancery Court Judge
[email protected]  
(601) 656-1881 

Member at Large (8/2023-7/2024)
Victoria M. Anderson, Jackson
Disability Rights Mississippi
[email protected]  
(601) 968-0600

Member at Large (8/2023-7/2025)
Victoria A. Lowery, Jackson
Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services
[email protected]
(601) 983-3095

Member at Large (8/2023-7/2026)
Judge Veldore Young Graham, Meridian
County Court Judge - Lauderdale County
[email protected]
(601) 482-9715