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Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding has urged parents to take better care of their children or face the consequences, and lamented the parenting deficit existing in the country.
He noted that where the parenting deficit results in a disoriented maladjusted child, the State has a responsibility that it has to accept, Mr. Golding said.
The Prime Minister, who was speaking in the House of Representatives on February 16, added that the State’s ability to take over the job as parents is not infinite, and he was keen on seeing legislation supporting the Parenting Commission brought to Parliament soon.
“We are going to have to start making it clear that the discharge of parental responsibilities to children is not an option…if you are not prepared to honour your obligation to your children, then do not have them,” Mr. Golding emphasised.
“If you have them and you are not prepared to honour those obligations, then you are going to be punished. If we have to take over the child to try to make sure that we fill that gap as best as we can, then you must understand that you have violated the rights of that child and you are going to have to be prepared to accept the consequences of that,” he argued.
According to figures from the Child Development Agency (CDA), a total of 5,890 children were in the care of the State as of December 2007, with 1,160 in foster care, 783 in homes on trial, 1,596 in children’s homes, 846 in places of safety, 1,342 under supervision orders and 163 classified as being under other care.