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Foster parents worry after CDA head departure

Published:Tuesday | August 13, 2013 | 8:41 AM

Foster parents in Kingston and St Andrew are expressing concern that ongoing reforms to the foster care programme could be halted with the departure of Carla Francis-Edie as the head of the Child Development Agency (CDA).



The Kingston and St Andrew Foster Parents Association says at this time it is uncertain whether certain commitments made to the association will now be honoured.



President of the association, Shari Tomlinson, says among those commitments was an agreement that a uniform grant would be paid to foster parents ahead of the new school term in September.



She also says a Christmas grant had been agreed to.



Tomlinson also says the association is also hoping that a decision will be taken by the end of the month on its proposal for a 150 per cent increase in the stipend paid for each child.



The foster parents’ association has also expressed regret that Francis-Edie’s contract as Chief Executive officer was not renewed, saying she had made a positive impact during her tenure.



And it believes that with what seems to be her sudden departure, the welfare of children will be affected.



Tomlinson is calling for the Minister of Youth and Culture, Lisa Hanna, to ensure that any fall out is minimised.



She says the association represents about 80 foster parents who are caregivers for more than 100 children.



Carla Francis-Edie demitted office at the end of last month after her contract was not renewed.



No reason was given for her exit, but the CDA has been criticised during her tenure for its treatment of children under state care.



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