With Guyana now intensifying its foster care system, there is still a far way to go as it relates to getting sufficient foster homes, this was according to Director of Child Care in Guyana, Miss Ann Greene.
Greene said that despite the support that the Child Protection Agency (CPA) is receiving from the public, the amount of foster homes in Guyana is still inadequate.
And as such, the agency is calling on persons to become foster parents today for the many children who are in need of such.
“An institution life is not the best life for a child and the future generation will be much more developed if more of Guyana’s people take part in the agency’s initiative to put every homeless child in a home,” Greene said.
Greene added that she believes no child should be left without a family and made it clear that the agency’s goal is primarily to get every child into a home, since taking a child into the state’s care is the agency’s last resort.
“We try to do everything that we possibly can to get the child to live with a parent, a relative, or any close family friend that we are certain will take good care of the child. It is when we fail to find these that the child is taken into Child Care as a last resort,” Greene added.
The woman also went on to say that if persons are unable to provide for their children financially, but are very good parents otherwise, The CPA would ensure that the child remains with the parent(s).
The parents, she said would receive monetary and other means of support from the Government, which would include school clothing and text books among other things.
If this is not the case and the parent(s) are deemed “bad”, Greene said that the Agency is determined to work with them to become better individuals so that they can take care of their children in a proper environment.
The Head of the Child Protection Agency assured that the institution is also hell-bent on keeping children in their homes, with their parents where they belong, providing that the environment is good enough for them to live in.
“As more and more children are being placed into Child Care, we are finding it very hard to place them in safe homes, and as such we are calling on the public to come forward and support us in this initiative,” Greene implored. “Every child saved from an abusive home, or taken off of the streets is one step closer to creating a better future generation,” Miss Greene stated.
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