Staff of Residential Child Care Institution Honoured

Photo: Mark Bell Master of Ceremonies, Fae Ellington (left), welcomes former Superintendent and Director of the Jamaica Christian Boys’ Home, Frances Christina Knight (right), at the Child Development Agency (CDA) 2016 Residential Child Care Facilities Dinner, held on December 8 at the Terra Nova Hotel in Kingston. Others (from left) are: Founder and Administrator of the West Haven Children’s Home, Gloria Sybil Veira; Founder of Reddie’s Place of Safety, E. Clover Ena Reddie-Brown; and Chief Executive Officer of the CDA, Rosalee Gage-Grey.

Story Highlights

  • The staff of residential child care institutions have been honoured for their invaluable contribution, by the Child Development Agency (CDA).
  • Among those honoured at the 2016 Residential Child Care Facilities Dinner on December 8, at the Terra Nova Hotel in Kingston, were staff of the Alpha Boys Home, which has been serving the sector for 125 years, and the Maxfield Park Children’s Home, which has been in operation for 98 years.
  • The CDA is the lead agency in Jamaica’s child protection system, providing care for children who have been abused, abandoned or neglected, as well as caring for those who are brought into the care of the State.

The staff of residential child care institutions have been honoured for their invaluable contribution, by the Child Development Agency (CDA).

Among those honoured at the 2016 Residential Child Care Facilities Dinner on December 8, at the Terra Nova Hotel in Kingston, were staff of the Alpha Boys Home, which has been serving the sector for 125 years, and the Maxfield Park Children’s Home, which has been in operation for 98 years.

In her address, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the CDA, Rosalee Gage-Grey, praised the staff of the various homes for their dedicated service to the child protection sector.

“Tonight we celebrate their acts of service. We celebrate an extraordinary set of people who have served with distinction, by strengthening the lives of many, from babies to young adults,” she said.

The CDA Head thanked the Child Care Officers who have dedicated up to 40 years of service to the sector.

Mrs. Gage-Grey said the agency continues in its efforts to improve the child care sector, as evidenced through its Standard of Care guidelines for children in residential facilities across the island.

“Since the CDA introduced its Standard of Care for children in child care facilities and have been licensing, monitoring and reporting on our residential childcare facilities, there have been significant improvement in the care our children receive,” she said.

Meanwhile, guest speaker at the function, Information Officer for the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), Marlon Tingling, also praised the staff for the high quality of care given to the children.

“The satisfaction that you get from your job comes from the care that you give and the fact that you are producing productive people all across Jamaica,” he said.

“You all share that passion for our children and you are able to, even in a small way, make a difference in the lives of hundreds of kids who are deemed wards of the State. This job calls for a good heart and a wonderful mind,” Mr. Tingling said.

The CDA is the lead agency in Jamaica’s child protection system, providing care for children who have been abused, abandoned or neglected, as well as caring for those who are brought into the care of the State.

The agency also carries out advocacy and public education programmes to prevent child abuse and investigates reports of child abuse, abandonment and neglect to determine the best interest of the child.

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