Child pro­tec­tion agency launches men­tor­ship pro­gramme

Stabroek News Sunday - - WORLD NEWS -

The Min­istry of So­cial Pro­tec­tion’s Child Care and Pro­tec­tion Agency (CPA) has launched a Men­tor­ship Pro­gramme, as part of its 2017 Na­tional Fos­ter Care Month ac­tiv­i­ties, to pro­vide sup­port for chil­dren who will be ag­ing-out of the for­mal care sys­tem.

Ac­cord­ing to a Department of Pub­lic In­for­ma­tion re­port, the pro­gramme was of­fi­cially launched at a me­dia work­shop, which was held yesterday at the Mi­rage Ban­quet Hall, at Al­bert Street, Al­bert­town.

It noted that there are cur­rently 87 chil­dren who will soon reach the age of ma­jor­ity, which means they will be un­able to re­ceive as­sis­tance from the state care sys­tem.

As a re­sult, CPA’s Di­rec­tor Ann Greene said the men­tor­ship pro­gramme seeks to pro­vide a sup­port ser­vice to en­sure that they have a place to call home when they leave state care. “Those chil­dren who will at­tain the age of 18 and will go out into the world with­out fam­ily link­ages …All the re­search will tell you it’s not very good, no child should leave for­mal care with­out con­nec­tion of a re­spon­si­ble adult or fam­ily and this is what we are try­ing to pro­vide for those,” Greene was quoted as say­ing.

She, how­ever, ex­plained that while the pro­gramme was launched yesterday, the chil­dren will not ben­e­fit un­til next year, since men­tors will have to go through a process of train­ing and screen­ing.

“It is a process. We have to screen you, we have to do the back­ground checks and all of that…So the launch is to get the per­sons to buy-in to the pro­gramme. We have to train you be­cause you must know what is your role as a men­tor, what are your do’s and don’ts,” Greene pointed out.

She also urged in­ter­ested per­sons to visit the CPA of­fice to apply to be­come a men­tor to a child.

Di­rec­tor of Child Care and Pro­tec­tion Agency, Ann Greene and other of­fi­cials from the Min­istry of So­cial Pro­tec­tion and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of var­i­ous news agen­cies at the Me­dia Work­shop

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