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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, February 3, 2015
SALE BY MORTGAGEE
Offers are invited for the purchase of the
following commercial property:-
5119 sq. ft land (freehold)
Southern Main Road
St. Margaret's Junction, Claxton Bay
665-4125 ext. 4616/4617
SEND SEALED BIDS TO:
The Manager (Property Sale)
Commercial Workout Unit
Market Street Complex
#4 Market Street
Bids must follow the guidelines herein given
to ensure they are duly considered.
Bids, in a sealed envelope, must be
received by 3.00 p.m on
February 10th, 2015.
Late bids will not be considered
The Mortgagee does not bind itself to accept
the highest or any offer. The property will be
sold "as is" subject to all rates, taxes or
other outgoings that may be due at the time
of sale and without any responsibility of the
vendor to provide operating license or
Unsuitable bids will not be acknowledged.
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at least twice a month.
One of the major changes that the
authority is looking forward to is the
move away from the dormitory type
facilities so that there can be an intro-
duction of smaller group homes
which will help create more love and
attention for a displaced child.
There is no intention to introduce
the system and not ensure that it
gives all the benefits that a child
needs as well as the correct support
to foster parents, Daly said.
"We are looking at providing ongo-
ing support whether it is a helpline
or training for parents during the
time that they would be fostering
children or periodic sessions to really
provide that type of support."
Also present at the interview was
Christalle Gemon the acting deputy
director of Care, Legal and Regulatory
Services who assured that entire fos-
ter care system would be based on
a carefully prepared guide.
The assessment is very scientific
because they have developed assess-
ment tools which takes into consid-
eration the history and the back-
ground of the applicant. The
assessment tools are aimed at deter-
mining how effective a person would
be as a foster care provider.
In the lead up to the programme,
I think it's pretty generally accepted
that being placed in a family
environment has a better potential
for success for the child than as
opposed to institutional care.
there will be rigorous training of
staff which includes looking at real
life cases, she said.
Strategies have been developed which
will help address the regularly occur-
ring problems that are usually associ-
ated with foster care around the world.
In the event that all the protocol is fol-
lowed and there is still a breakdown in
the relationship between the child and
the foster parent, there are mecha-
nisms in place to ensure an
easy transition for both
parties involved said act-
ing Team Lead of Foster
Care, Anjuli Tewari.
"Built in to the system
we would take into con-
breakdown because it is
very likely that sometimes children will act out,
therefore we do have mechanisms in place to offer
support, to do mediation, to even maybe have a
system like a timeout. Our first initiative would be
to support the relationship not to have that child
removed. We do have systems in place to address
She admitted though that if at the end of the day
a relationship is deemed unfixable there is a pro-
cedure in place to review the case and try a better
Christal Chapman, Senior Legal Associate with the
Children's Authority, broke down how the entire
system would work, from application to selection.
The expressions of interest will be published, and a
more detailed package will be forwarded to responder.
This package would contain an application form and
other documentation that highlights the roles and
responsibilities of a foster parent.
The person then has to submit a medical certificate
attesting to their physical and mental well being. This
can be obtained from a private doctor. They then have
to submit a police certificate of good character which
would have been obtained within the last six months
preceding the application.
The person will then have to submit the contact
information for two references and also photo
Once the completed application form and all the other
required documents are submitted, the information is
then verified and the process begins by opening a file
for that applicant and starting the initial stages.
The first stage of the screening would be a home visit
to assess the suitability of not just the applicant but the
applicant's home. As part of that screening process both
the applicant and their family members as well as the
home, the premises and the environment will be
The applicant has to be able to provide for the health,
education and the general welfare needs of the child.
Once the initial screening is done at the home, a more in
depth interview is conducted with the applicant.
Background checks on members of the household
outside of the applicant are also part of the process
which means any adult living in the household or
anybody in a visiting relationship and any regular
visitors who do not live at the home will be
The authority receives reports at each stage of
assessment. A final report is then completed and
submitted to the board for their approval. The board will
then come to a decision.
If the applicant is accepted they will be added to an
approved register of foster parents. The person is then
trained by the authority.
The training will be used to highlight parenting skills,
behavioral needs of children and child development
issues. Those who are undertaking specialist roles with
children with certain specialist needs may receive more
Once the person is placed on the register, they can be
added to the list of approved parents that can now be
matched with a potential child in need.
Things like proximity to schooling, cultural and
religious background of the foster carer are also taken
into consideration because the authority will try as
much as possible to have a child remain in the same
background that they are familiar with as much as
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