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Take a child home for Christmas – CDA makes appeal

Published:Thursday | December 8, 2016 | 12:20 AM
File photo showing a section of the Jamaica National Children’s Home.

The Child Development Agency (CDA) is appealing to Jamaicans to open their homes to wards of the State during the festive season.   

The agency’s ‘Take a Child Home for Christmas’ programme is aimed at providing children in State care with the opportunity to experience the joy that the festive season brings.

The JIS reports Regional Director for the CDA’s South East Region, Robert Williams, encouraging Jamaicans who are able to make a positive difference in a child’s life this Christmas to reach out and take a child or two home for Christmas.

Public Relations and Communications Manager at the CDA, Rochelle Dixon, informs that for persons to qualify to participate in the programme, they must be Jamaicans with no criminal record.

To apply, persons must fill out an application form and submit it along with valid identification, one passport-size photograph and two references from a justice of the peace.

Dixon adds that background checks on individuals who apply are done as well as a home assessment.

There are some 4,700 children in 58 facilities across the island, and for more than 15 years the CDA has been inviting Jamaicans to be part of the programme. 

Interested persons are being asked to apply now as the application process may take up to three weeks.

Application forms can be accessed at the CDA website or at any of the CDA’s offices islandwide.