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  • The Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) will be undertaking several activities for Foster Care Week, which will be observed from February 9 to 15 under the theme ‘Every Child Needs a Family’.
  • Speaking with JIS News, Communication Manager at the CPFSA, Rochelle Dixon, said the aim of the activities is to raise awareness about the foster care programme and recruit new foster parents.
  • The week will kick off with several church services across the educational regions and islandwide community walk-throughs and workshops/training sessions, which will be used to encourage persons to become a part of the foster care programmme.

The Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) will be undertaking several activities for Foster Care Week, which will be observed from February 9 to 15 under the theme ‘Every Child Needs a Family’.

Speaking with JIS News, Communication Manager at the CPFSA, Rochelle Dixon, said the aim of the activities is to raise awareness about the foster care programme and recruit new foster parents.

The week will kick off with several church services across the educational regions and islandwide community walk-throughs and workshops/training sessions, which will be used to encourage persons to become a part of the foster care programmme.

Long-standing foster parents will be recognised for their contribution to the programme during the week. There are approximately 1,018 children in foster care – 553 females and 475 males.

Miss Dixon told JIS News that children placed in foster care are usually those who have been abused, orphaned, abandoned, neglected or are unable to be cared for by their parents or relatives. She noted that foster care is a legal process that allows non-biological parents to provide children in State care with a stable environment that contributes to their overall development. Foster care forms part of the CPFSA’s Living in Family Environment (LIFE) programme.

Other components of LIFE include Supervision Order, where the Court issues an order for a child to be placed with a family member under the supervision of a children’s officer; Adoption, which is the legal process of transferring the parental rights of a child’s biological parents to one who is desirous of creating a new and permanent parent/child relationship; and Family Reintegration, which is the process of reuniting and rehabilitating a child and his/her family, after a period of separation.

For further details on the CPFSA’s Foster Care programme, please visit www.childprotection.gov.jm/foster-care or call 876-948-6678/876-948-2841-2

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