The construction of the region’s first state-of-the-art therapeutic centre has officially started, as ground was broken on the compound of the Maxfield Park Children’s Home in Kingston, this morning (July 6).
The centre, which is being constructed through the partnership of the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) and the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) is geared at providing residential in-patient programmes, including a day treatment programme.
Out-patient counselling and psychotherapy services for children in State Care and their families will also be provided.
Speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony, Chief Executive Officer of the CPFSA, Rosalee Gage-Grey said the therapeutic centre is scheduled to be completed in the next 6 months.
Noting that the nation’s children have been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and other issues, Mrs. Gage-Grey stressed the importance of the health centre.
Meanwhile, Minister of Youth, Fayval Williams announced that a task force is being established to help make the Maxfield Park Children’s Home the centre of excellence for Jamaica and the region.
She also noted that a “Good Parenting” campaign will be rolled out soon to address issues associated with parenting.
The Minister also warned that if there are reports of child abuse in any children’s home, the facility will be closed immediately.