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Walker's Place of Safety wards transferred to childcare facilities in Kingston

Published:Wednesday | January 17, 2018 | 1:27 PM
An empty playground is pictured with the burnt out children's home in the background.

The Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) says the 34 wards of the Walker’s Place of Safety who were temporarily housed in a church have now been transferred and are now settled in three residential childcare facilities in Kingston.

In a release this morning, the agency said the children were relocated yesterday with their caregivers, along with social workers and are now undergoing grief counselling.

The children were transferred from the Shiloah Apostolic Church where they were temporarily housed in the immediate aftermath of a massive fire that destroyed the Walker's Place of Safety minutes to midnight Monday.

Two female wards, 12 and 16 years old, perished in the fire.

READ: Fiery nightmare - Tragedy strikes at Walker's Place of Safety

The Jamaica Fire Brigade, which is investigating the blaze, has not yet determined the cause.

In the meantime, the agency says the response from the public for donations has been strong.

However, it says the wards are mostly in need of non perishable food items, clothing, educational supplies and personal care items.

It says donations can be dropped off at 40 and 48 Duke Street, as well as 12 Carlton Crescent in Kingston daily, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Arrangements for monetary donations can be made by e-mailing the Child Protection and Family Services Agency at: info@cda.gov.jm.