Transition programme coming for wards of the State
The Government is to embark on a US$1.3-million programme to help girls in Government-run homes to transition to life outside of State care.
The Youth Ministry says at the outset the programme will target 40 girls but is expected to benefit up to four hundred wards.
The Ministry says the Transitional Living Programme for Children in State Care Project will create appropriate and safe transitional living facilities on their exit from State care.
It says the programme will provide for improved preparation of children who have reached the age of 18 and are about to leave residential care.
The Ministry says this will be carried out through the establishment of an exit-readiness programme, which focuses on job and life skills training and mentorship.
The programme will also cover matters such as lifestyle choices, health, family, employability, the environment, and secure public-private partnership.
The project is being implemented by the University of the West Indies Open Campus Caribbean Child Development Centre, in partnership with the Child Development Agency.
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