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Jamaicans encouraged to take a child home for Christmas

Published:Friday | December 8, 2017 | 9:15 AM

The Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) is again appealing to Jamaicans to participate in its annual ‘Take a Child Home for Christmas’ programme.                                                                                                

The programme, which started 10 years ago, allows persons to open their homes to wards of the State during the festive season.                                                                                               

Speaking with JIS News, Manager of Public Relations and Communications, at the CPFSA, Rochelle Dixon, said the programme was originally created for families with children in State care and who are unable to accommodate them full-time.

However, over time, it was extended to persons with good moral standing, for example, those who have volunteered in childcare facilities and would be in the agency’s volunteer database.

Persons who are interested in participating in the programme are being asked to fill out an application form.

They are also required to provide two references from a Notary Public, such as a police officer, a justice of the peace or a school principal; provide two passport-size photographs; and valid identification.

They must also be 25 years or older.                                                                                                                                      

Dixon says a background check is done on the applicants as well as a home assessment to see the physical accommodation and amenities.

If the requirements are met, the applicant is then paired with a child, who they may host for a day or the entire holiday period.

The deadline for submission of application is December 15