Fire Destroys Walkers Place of Safety, 34 Children moved to Temporary Location

Jamaica News, January 16, 2018 

Kingston, Jamaica (McKoy’s News) – Fire Destroys Walkers Place of Safety: Thirty-four of 36 children housed at the Walkers Place of Safety on Lyndhurst Crescent in Kingston, have been moved to a temporary holding facility at a nearby church after fire destroyed the premises early this morning (January 16, 2018).

Two of the children at the privately-owned facility have yet to be accounted for.

Counseling is being offered to the children and staff through the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA).

Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Floyd Green says the CPFSA will be communicating with the parents of the unaccounted for children

“This is a truly devastating and traumatic experience for all involved.  The CPFSA has already been offering counseling to the children, parents and staff. The cause of the fire remains undetermined and an investigation will be conducted with the help of the Fire Department to find out what happened,” he said. Additional information will be provided as soon as this becomes available.

The Walker’s Place of Safety serves as a transitional residence for children, generally up to 12 years old, who have been abandoned or removed from their homes because of unstable conditions. It provided food and shelter, along with access to educational services and health care.

Contributed by Dr. Colin O Jarrett

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