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New children’s facility coming – Barbados Today

Barbados will soon have a new state-of-the-art children’s home.

On Friday, Minister of People Empowerment and Elder Affairs Kirk Humphrey announced that the house is being constructed by the Barbados Children’s Trust at Bullens, St James.

“They’d asked for a number of acres and has been given those few acres to construct a new home. It should house the kids who’re currently held now within the constructing once called Farrs, in St Peter. And it could even have training and other facilities.

“It should be a new state-of-the-art facility for youngsters in Barbados and I need to thank the Barbados Children’s Trust for the work that they did at Nightengale as well. We were to officially open that constructing two weeks ago, but that has been delayed,” he said.

Speaking during an event on the Warrens offices to launch Child Month 2022, the minister also revealed that conversations have been ongoing, though not solid, regarding the potential of repurposing the old constructing at Farrs, to accommodate individuals with disabilities.

Humphrey also used the chance to call on Barbadians to volunteer to turn into foster parents. He said while all individuals who volunteer must undergo essential screening, the Child Care Board (CCB) is at all times in need of foster parents on whom they might call.

The minister also indicated that Cabinet and his Ministry have been engaging in discussions regarding establishing a national parenting programme to supply needed support to oldsters.

Moreover, Humphrey made an appeal to families able to offer support to other households, to accomplish that.

“We’re going to make an official programme of it. We’re going to be encouraging families to return forward and support other families. This doesn’t necessarily mean financially, though that might be nice. It also means taking the kids out, expose the kids to something that they probably wouldn’t have been exposed to, positive in fact,” he said.

Throughout May, the CCB can be hosting a lot of activities to heighten public awareness regarding its work and mandate.

A number of the activities include every day devotions, a National Children’s Service at St Leonard’s Anglican on May 1, open days at Government Day Nurseries from May 9 to 27 and a virtual children’s webinar for primary and secondary schools on May 27. (AH)

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