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  • The Government is looking at getting more children, who are under the care of the State into foster homes.
  • State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, noted that children in State care are likely to develop more holistically when residing in a family setting.
  • Mr. Green said that several wards of the State have indicated to him that they would like to live with foster parents.

The Government is looking at getting more children, who are under the care of the State into foster homes.

The disclosure was made by State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, while addressing a special meeting with foster parents from the south-east and southern regions of the island, at the Jamaica Conference Centre,  downtown Kingston on August 29.

He noted that children in State care are likely to develop more holistically when residing in a family setting.

Mr. Green said that several wards of the State have indicated to him that they would like to live with foster parents.

“No matter what they (wards) have been through, all of them want to feel the love of a family,” he said.

The meeting, organised by the Child Development Agency (CDA), was the first in a series to address the concerns of foster parents.

Mr. Green lauded the contribution of foster parents and expressed gratitude for all that they have been doing in improving the lives of the children. “Keep up the good work and keep pressing on,” he told the parents.

During a question and answer segment, issues regarding treatment of special needs children attending school, health insurance issues and the payment of various fees were cited by the parents.

Mr. Green gave assurance that some of these issues would be examined for a speedy resolution.

The CDA has purview over 800 foster families across the island.