Children’s homes preparing for COVID-19

Originally published by Jamaica Observer on 02/11/2020


The Jamaican Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) has oversight responsibility for 52 childcare facilities across Jamaica, which is responsible for approximately 4,000 children (~2,000 in homes and ~2,000 in foster care).In preparing for the COVID-19 outbreak, the CPFSA implemented a number of measures to protect children including: • identifying isolation facilities for occupants of childcare facilities; • limiting visitor access to childcare facilities; placing sanitation dispensers in facilities and offices; • arranging for public health nurses to visit facilities and educate children about proper hand-washing and hygiene practices; and • disbursing emergency funds.

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