The Division of Human Services within the Ministry of Equity, Social Justice and Empowerment, has partnered with the Holy Family Children’s Home in Gros Islet, to
conduct a much-needed Foster Care drive.
This initiative, to be held on Saturday July 30, 2022 at the Rodney Bay Mall from 8:00am, has become necessary in light of the many children who, when sent to the Home, languish in institutional care, as their families of origin are unable or unwilling, for varied reasons, to take them back.
Director of the Division of Human Services Beverley-Ann Poyotte lamented the fact that many children have reached adulthood, after having been abandoned at foster care homes for years.
“Through research we know this is not the best environment in which to raise a child. Furthermore, we are compounded with the lack of placement homes,” exclaimed Poyotte.
A child is placed in foster care because their current situation at home has become unsafe or untenable, as a result of insufficient supervision over the welfare of that child. Children can be considered unsafe due to neglect, maltreatment, exposure to domestic violence or lack of supervision by an adult.
According to Poyotte, “We have situations where we need emergency foster care placements in the North and South of the island and there is no one readily available to take in that child and therefore this poses problems. With this Foster Care Drive we hope to register, screen and process individuals, families and potential foster careers to alleviate the issues of locating proper family environments where they can thrive.”
The rationale behind the Foster Care Drive is to raise public awareness and heighten advocacy toward Foster Care, and to solicit interested persons who may be willing to provide the service.
Source: Ministry of Equity, Social Justice & Empowerment. Headline photo: Stock image.