Saturday 15 June, 2019

Foster families to be granted $6,500 weekly by Family Life Ministries

State Minister for Education, Youth and Information, Alando Terrelonge, signs a service agreement in Kingston recently between the Child Protection and Family Services Agency and Family Life Ministries for a pilot foster care project. Waiting to sign are Chief Executive Officer of FLM, Dr Barry Davidson (seated left); and CEO of CPFSA, Rosalee Gage-Grey (seated right). Looking on are FLM board members, Arnold Aiken and Professor Maureen Samms-Vaughan.

State Minister for Education, Youth and Information, Alando Terrelonge, signs a service agreement in Kingston recently between the Child Protection and Family Services Agency and Family Life Ministries for a pilot foster care project. Waiting to sign are Chief Executive Officer of FLM, Dr Barry Davidson (seated left); and CEO of CPFSA, Rosalee Gage-Grey (seated right). Looking on are FLM board members, Arnold Aiken and Professor Maureen Samms-Vaughan.

Under a recently announced pilot initiative, Family Life Ministries (FLM) is proposing to grant newly selected foster parents in Jamaica a sum of $6,500 weekly to offset the costs of caring for any child they take into their care.

The FLM has kick-started the ‘For the Child’ programme in which it partners which the Canadian-based Nairne Family Homes to assist the Child Protection and Family Services Agency in Jamaica to place children who are presently wards of the state in loving homes.

Now parents who qualify to be foster caregivers are to be provided with the money to offset the accompanying everyday expenses.

The FLM is to provide $1,000 for housing, $1,500 for education, $1,000 for transportation, $1,000 for food, $1,000 for healthcare, and $500 each for clothing and miscellaneous expenses.

The FLM has already targeted 15 children to be placed in foster homes locally.

Potential foster parents will be screened by FLM, whose representatives will visit the respective homes and neighbourhoods, and do further background checks to ensure that the children are protected from any abuse.

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