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More foster parents needed; several children waiting

Published:Tuesday | February 20, 2018 | 10:28 AM

With close to 200 children currently on the waiting list to be placed with foster families, the state minister in the youth ministry, Floyd Green is urging more Jamaicans to become foster parents.

The number of wards of the state waiting to be placed with families was revealed in statistics recently by the Child Protection and Family Services Agency‘s (CPFSA).

The statistics also show that for the period of October to December 2017, the agency recorded a total of 4,195 children living in the residential child protection sector.

Of this amount, 1,265 children are living in children’s homes, 269 are living in places of safety and 767 in foster homes.

Green says fostering is a wonderful way to help some of the most vulnerable in society.

He says the government believes all children should have a loving home and family and foster care provides an avenue to make that possible.

 He says he wants to see more Jamaicans opening up their hearts and homes to foster children.

 

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