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CHILDREN 145 children currently cared for

Nine residential homes under Welfare unit ZAFIYA SHAMIM SUVA The Child Services Unit of the Department of Social Welfare has confirmed that currently a total of 145 children are in
31 Mar 2014 12:11

Nine residential homes under Welfare unit

ZAFIYA SHAMIM
SUVA

The Child Services Unit of the Department of Social Welfare has confirmed that currently a total of 145 children are in the care of residential homes in Fiji.
The assistant director of the unit, Ela Tukutukulevu, said these were children less than 18 years of age and were orphans or victims of child neglect and abuse.
“The nine residential homes are Dilkusha Girls Home, St Christopher’s Home and Treasure Homes in Nadi that looks after the infants and Saint Meena’s Home in Nadi. We also have the Mahaffy Girls Home that looks after teenage girls, the Boys Centre in Suva and the Veilomani Boys Home in Ba and the Homes of Hope (that looks after single mothers) and the Lomani Au Home which is in Savusavu.”
Ms Tukutukulevu said under the Care and Protection programme a monthly allowance of $100 per child was provided to those in residential homes.
“There are also financial provisions for those children who are abandoned or taken for foster care or kinship placement. The unit provides monthly allowances and food vouchers as well,” she said.
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