ChildLinK hosted a round table discussion on 9th December 2016 highlighting key points of a study published by ChildLinK: An Analysis of the Nature and Extent of Institutionalization of Children in Guyana. This event was held at the National Library Conference room.
Stakeholders such as the Guyana Responsible Parenthood Association (GRPA), Youth Media Guyana, Red Thread, O-Zone Foundation, Hope Foundation and National Committee on Sisters Affairs (NACOSA) attended and participated in the discussion.
The Analysis found that, as at April 2016, there are 829 children living in alternative. There are 650 children living in residential care while 179 are in foster care. While residential care can be useful in short term emergency cases, it can be detrimental to the development of the child in the long run.
Children have the best chance of fulfilling their potential when they are a part of a loving and stable family. Participants expressed their commitment to working with each other to keep children in their family.