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  • The Office of the Children’s Registry, OCR, is encouraging parents to develop and practice a more hands on and positive approach in the care and protection of their children.
  • The OCR is also urging communities to come together to reinforce the old adage that says “it takes a village to raise a child.”
  • The agency sees this encouragement as timely as we celebrate Parents Month 2014, this November under the theme: “Building Circles of Involvement: Home, School and Community.”

The Office of the Children’s Registry, OCR, is encouraging parents to develop and practice a more hands on and positive approach in the care and protection of their children.

The OCR is also urging communities to come together to reinforce the old adage that says “it takes a village to raise a child.” The agency sees this encouragement as timely as we celebrate Parents Month 2014, this November under the theme: “Building Circles of Involvement: Home, School and Community.”

Registrar at the OCR, Mr. Greig Smith, says “this year’s theme for parents’ month is a useful reminder of the role we all must play in the partnership needed to ensure the holistic development, care and protection of the nation’s children. I wish to encourage all parents to be actively involved in all aspects of the lives of their children. Do not take the time you have with them for granted but make a meaningful impact in all you do”

The Registrar also wishes to encourage parents to travel with their children to school as often as they can. He says “in cases where as parents or caregivers you cannot physically go with your children to school, you are urged to check with the school to ensure that your wards actually arrive safely and on time.”

This encouragement comes against the background of the news on the weekend that the body of seven-year-old Kadesha Cousins of West Avenue, Central Village, St. Catherine, who was reported missing on Wednesday, November 5 was found in the Rio Cobre near Dyke Road in the parish on Friday, November 7.

Reports are that Kadesha was last seen about 7:30 a.m., on Wednesday, November 5 at a bus stop dressed for school. Relatives became concerned after she did not return home and filed a Missing Person’s Report.

The Office of the Children’s Registry also wishes to remind members of the public to report all cases of known or suspected missing of abused children to the Registry. Persons may do so by calling: Toll free-1-888-PROTECT (7768328). All reports received are kept confidential and you do not have to give your name when making a report.

For further information, please contact Mrs. Julia Smiley Green, Public Relations Officer at the Children’s Registry at Tel: 908-1690/298-5992 or email julia.green@ocr.gov.jm