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Wednesday, November 09, 2005 - Government is set to manifest its commitment to the youth of Saint Lucia via the establishment of a Children’s Home that will bring a sense of security and safety to children who are victims of abandonment and abuse.

Director of Human Services and Family Affairs Ms. Clementia Eugene says a home for children who are at risk is on the list of social protection priority areas currently being addressed by the Ministry of Health, Human Services, Family Affairs and Gender Relations.

Ms. Eugene said the project is being spearheaded by the Department of Human Services and Family Affairs. She explained that the concept is to provide an in-transit home for at risk children. She says at this juncture, the Ministry is engaged in the initial phase of identifying a suitable site to establish the home.

“The process has been long but we are hoping very soon we will identify a suitable location which will be intended for only children between zero to 18 years.” Ms. Eugene went on to explain that the home will encompass the boarding of both males and females, but not young people who are in conflict with the law.

“There is a difference between children who are at risk because of care and protection and those who are deemed at risk because they are at conflict with the law and that’s two different target populations. The Ministry of Health has sole responsibility for those who are in need of care and protection.”

Ms. Eugene said the home will provide a therapeutic environment. “It will be a place that children can go for a very short term so that they could be provided a therapeutic space for recovery and healing after having being a victim of the different types of abuse whether it is neglect, abandonment, physical or sexual abuse,”

Children may be reintegrated with families after suitable interventions such as the Parenting Programme has been successfully undertaken in order to ensure children will be able to return to a healthy environment. However this should not be a likely option, the Department of Human Services and Family Affairs Director says they will explore the possibilities of placing the children with foster families.

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