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National Foster Care Recognition Week 2013



Child Development Agency | 2013-02-05 00:00:00

National Foster Care Recognition Week is being observed from February 10 to 16, with a host of activities scheduled across the island.  The week which is in its 8th staging is being observed under the theme, “Share Your Heart, Open Your Home – Foster a Child Today!”

CEO of the Child Development Agency (CDA)Carla Francis-Edie noted that the objective of the Week is to bring national attention to the CDA’s foster care programme; to recognize foster parents who are giving of themselves to the children in State care, while encouraging potential foster parents to get on Board.
“Foster care is a vital part of CDA’s Living in Family Environment (LIFE) Programme geared at placing children in families.  Our experience suggests that the children do better when they live in loving families where they can get individualized attention,  as opposed to being placed in institutions.

The National Foster Care Programme enables persons, who are not the biological parents of a child in residential care to raise and provide a nurturing environment for his/her physical, spiritual and emotional growth and development.

Mrs. Edie noted, “We now have just over 900 children in the foster care programme, and our goal is to significantly increase this number so that we can more effectively address the needs of our children, and open new opportunities to them.

The week will open on Sunday February 10 with a National Church Service at the Jamaica Evangelistic Association, 86E Waltham Park Road beginning at 10:00am. Services will also be held in St. Ann at the St. Ann’s Bay Baptist Church; in St. Mary at the Port Maria Emanuel Apostolic Church; in St. James at the Calvary Baptist Church, and in Trelawny at the William Knibb Baptist Church.

Appreciation functions for foster parents are also a key feature of the week’s activities. Foster parents in CDA’s South East region (Kingston and St. Andrew, St. Thomas, and St. Catherine) will be feted at a luncheon at Tropical Elegance while in the  Southern region (St. Elizabeth, Manchester and Clarendon); the foster parents will be treated at Miguel’s Restaurant.
 
In the North East Region, (St. Ann, St. Mary and Portland), CDA officers will celebrate foster parents at a special brunch, while in the western region (St. James, Trelawny, Westmoreland and Hanover) the foster parents appreciation will be combined with a training workshop to enhance the skills of the parents.

Various public education activities and media events will also be held across the Island.


                                            

 

REGION

 

 

DATE

 

FUNCTION

 

SOUTH EAST REGION

 

Sunday

February 10, 2013

 

National Church Service @ Jamaica Evangelistic Association, 86E Waltham Park Road,

Kingston 11 at 10:00 a.m.

 

 

 

 

Thursday

February 14, 2013

 

Foster Care Awareness Week- Appreciation Luncheon.

 

 

Friday

February 15, 2013

Collaboration on Sovereign Centre OB and Exhibition.

 

 

NORTH EAST REGION

 

Saturday

February 9, 2013

 

 

A Day of Prayer at all SDA churches  - Portland

 

 

Sunday

February 10, 2013

 

  • Church Service St. Ann’s    Bay Baptist            Church 

                            

  • A Special Day of Prayer all churches - Portland 

 

  • Parish Church Service Port Maria Emanuel Apostolic Church, St.                     Mary    

 

 

NORTH EAST REGION

 

Monday

February 11, 2013

 

 

Mounting  of  Exhibition: St. Ann’s Bay Library

 

 

 

Tuesday

February 12, 2013

 

Promotional Walk  in Port Antonio Town, Fairy Hill, Long Bay, Woodstock H/S, Olivere and H/S Buff Bay Town – Portland

 

 

 

Tuesday

February 12, 2013

 

Dissemination of information to the Business Community - Ocho Rios

 

 

 

Friday

February 15, 2013

 

 

Foster Care Road Show  in Ocho Rios and St. Ann’s Bay

 

Saturday

February 16, 2013

 

Promotional Walk Tower Isle

Retreat at Galina, Carron Hall, St. Mary

 

 

 

Sunday

February 17,2013

 

·                      Church Service @ Buff Bay Roman Catholic Church, Portland

 

·                      Foster Parent Appreciation Brunch

 

 

NORTH EAST REGION

 

NORTH EAST REGION

 

 

Wednesday

February 20,2013

 

  • Presentation to Chamber of Commerce, Ocho Rios, St. Ann

 

  • Promotion of Foster Care in the following locations:

ˉ   NCB – Pt Maria

ˉ   BNS – Pt Maria

ˉ   Courts (Ja.) Ltd – Pt. Maria

ˉ   Hi Lo Food Store – Pt. Maria

ˉ   JNBS – Pt Maria

ˉ   Jamaica Postal Service

ˉ   Min of Social Security

ˉ   Inland Revenue Dept – Pt Maria, St. Mary

 

 

 

Tuesday

February 26,2013

 

Training and Luncheon ,Christ Church Christian Education Centre, Portland

 

 

 

Thursday

February 28,2013

 

Display at Library - Portland

 

Display at Library  - Highgate, St. Mary

 

 

 

 

SOUTHERN REGION

 

 

 

 

Tuesday

February 12, 2013

 

 

Foster Care Promotions in Four Paths and Rock River areas

 

 

 

 

Monday

February 11, 2013

 

Circulation of promotional flyers and activities within Manchester.

 

 

 

Thursday

February 14, 2013

 

  • Foster Parents Awards Function @ Miguels Restaurant , St. Elizabeth.

 

  • Foster Care Promotion - Balaclava community, St. Elizabeth

 

  • Foster Care Promotions in Four Paths and Rock River, Clarendon.

 

  • Symposium for Foster Parents on (a) Trauma and Attachment (b) Dealing with the various stages of development. Manchester

 

 

 

Friday

February 15, 2013

 

Foster care social at Hotel Versailles, May Pen

 

 

SOUTHERN REGION

 

 

Saturday

February 16, 2013

 

 

Presentations at five SDA Churches, Manchester

 

 

 

WESTERN REGION

 

Sunday

February 10, 2013

Church Service, Calvary Baptist Church, St. James

 

       

     

 

Thursday

February  14, 2013

 

 

Foster Parent Skill Enhancement Workshop,

St James.

 

Sunday

February 10, 2013

 

 

Church Service, Central Tabernacle (Deliverance Center ) Westmoreland

 

 

 

Friday

February 15, 2013

 

Public awareness and sensitization campaign at the Bogue Plaza &  Westgate Plaza , St. James

 

 

 

Monday

February 18, 2013

 

St. James Parish Council Civic and Community affairs meeting

 

WESTERN REGION

 

 

Sunday

February 10, 2012

 

Church Service at William Knibb Baptist Church, Trelawny.

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday

February  12, 2013

 

Public Awareness and Sensitization Campaign, Falmouth Square Plaza, Trelawny.

 

 

 

 

Friday

February 15, 2013

 

Foster Parent Skill Enhancement Workshop at the CDA Parish Office Located at 8 Duke Street, Falmouth

 

 

 

Thursday

February 14, 2013

 

Mini Workshop, NYS Office Caps Complex, Hanover

 

 

 

Thursday

February 14,, 2013

 

 

Walk Through Three miles Rive, Farm Pen, Llandilo

Westmoreland

 

 

 

Friday

February 15, 2013

 

 

Inter-agency Network Meeting at Trelawny Health Centre

 

 

Tuesday

February 15, 2013

 

Booth, Bus Park – Lucea, Hanover

 

 

 

Saturday

February 16, 2013

 

Church Service SDA Church, Lucea, Hanover




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