Child Protection Agency seeks to place wards of the state in meaningful jobs

Child Protection and Family Services Agency Rosalee Gage-Grey with Alando Terrelonge, Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information.

The Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) is seeking to have 50 wards of the State engaged in meaningful work by March 2020, under its Transition to Work Programme for children in State care.

This was noted by Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the CPFSA, Rosalee Gage-Grey, at the agency’s eighth annual Educational Achievement Awards Ceremony, at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew, recently.

“We are encouraging as many of our corporate partners and sponsors to help us in exceeding this target so that together we can help our children prepare for their exit out of the child-protection system,” the CEO said.

A component of the agency’s Transitional Living Programme for Children in State Care (TLP-CSC), the Transition to Work programme equips children in State care with requisite employability and socialisation skills. The TLP-CSC is designed to equip youth in State care with life and vocational skills, training and mentorship in a safe environment.

Since the implementation of the TLP-CSC Programme in 2015, 780 youngsters have enrolled in vocation skills training, of which 451 have completed the course, while in the life skills category, 192 caregivers and 260 children have completed training.

—JIS