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Increase In Trend Worries Akbar

The Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation is concerned about the high number of abandoned children placed in homes. The Minister, Rosy Akbar, was alerted following her recent visits
09 Mar 2015 13:52
Increase In Trend Worries Akbar

The Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation is concerned about the high number of abandoned children placed in homes.

The Minister, Rosy Akbar, was alerted following her recent visits and discussions with the many residential homes in Fiji.

Currently there are nine residential homes in Fiji – Dilkusha Girls Home, St Christopher’s Home and Treasure Homes in Nadi that looks after the infants and Saint Meena’s Home in Nadi; Pearly Gates Home in Suva looks after teenage girls; Juvenile Rehabilitation and Development Centre in Suva; Veilomani Boys Home in Ba; Homes of Hope; and Lomani Au Home in Savusavu.

The Ministry provides annual grant to residential homes based on their submissions.

Institutions like Pearly Gates Home for example receive the annual budget of $100,000 from the Government. Likewise Fiji’s Juvenile Rehabilitation and Development Centre are also provided with a budgetary allocation of $903,644.

Emily Tupata, the care giver at St Meena’s in Nadi said they have 21 children at this orphanage, 12 are toddlers.

“The youngest is one month old with oldest one being 15 years. Most of them are less than one month old and have been referred to this orphanage from the Department of Social Welfare,” Ms Tupata said.

Similar sentiments were echoed by the manager of newly opened orphanage, St Tabitha Orphanage and Safe Home in Saweni, Lautoka.

The other services offered by the Ministry are Adoption and Foster care placement, Child Welfare case work, supervision of noncustodial sentences and filing court reports relative to the child welfare cases

Through the Ministry’s ‘Care and Protection Programme, it is assisting 5000 children raised by a single parent, prisoner dependent, or are looked after by a guardian or foster parent.

A 169 children, currently in residential homes, are also assisted through this programme to accommodate for their daily health and education, development needs.

“The residential homes operate under minimum standard operating procedure which is monitored by the Ministry,” Mrs Akbar said.

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