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CDA gets more help to deal with children in State care

Published:Wednesday | October 11, 2017 | 10:20 AM

The Child Development Agency (CDA) received a boost to its effort to strengthen its capacity to adequately address the needs of youth in care as well as those transitioning out of care. 

Twenty-nine officers from the CDA trained as Trainers in Life Skills in 2015, under the Transitional Living Programme for Children in State Care (TLP-CSC) project recently participated in a refresher training session at the Alpha Boy's Institute in Kingston. 

The TLP-CSC project is a six year project that was initiated in 2014, supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) with the aim to improve the independent living outcomes of children in State care through direct interventions with children and strengthening of the capacity of the CDA. 

The project uses a multidimensional approach to preparing children in care of the State to transition into independent living, including life skills coaching, support for vocational skills training, mentoring and provision of transitional housing.

The life skills component aims to equip children in State care with the necessary skills and knowledge for independent living.