Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Children's Authority is all set to serve

The Children's Authority of Trinidad and Tobago is now operational and ready to deliver services to children and their families.

This comes following proclamation of the legislation on Monday.

Children's Authority Act, Chap. 46:10; Children's Community Residences, Foster Care and Nurseries Act, 2000; Children Act, 2012; and Adoption of Children Act, 2000 were proclaimed by President Anthony Carmona.

Minister of Gender, Youth and Child Development Clifton De Coteau stated that the proclamation meant that the Children's Authority can commence its operations to deal with children in need of care and protection through investigation, assessment and removal of "at risk" children from their homes.

Stephanie Daly SC, chairman of the board of management of the authority, welcomed the proclamations.

She said they had many new options that can better respond to the needs of children and represent a new beginning in the way issues related to children will be addressed.

Sharifa Ali-Abdullah, director of the authority, said: "The preparatory work involved in setting up the authority has been an enormous undertaking and we are thrilled that we are now at a point where we are far better empowered to make necessary interventions to safeguard children."

The authority will hold a news conference to discuss the new laws at Hyatt Regency in Port of Spain today.

Cheryl Moses-Williams, public education and communications manager, told the Express that full details on the proclamation would be provided.