Thanks to an ongoing partnership between the CAYS foundation and Hedge Funds Care, efforts raising awareness about child abuse and neglect are going strong in Cayman.
Hedge Funds Care is a charitable organisation focused on assisting young victims of abuse, while the CAYS Foundation assists youth experiencing difficulties by providing care through its residential programmes and in partnership with other agencies.
Since its inception in 2005, Hedge Funds Care has raised over US $950,000. The CAYS Foundation Family Reunification Programme is one of the beneficiaries.
A press release states the programme is designed to strengthen vulnerable families during the period when a child is preparing to return home after a stay at one of CAYS Foundation’s two residential homes, the Bonaventure Boys’ Home and the Frances Bodden Girls’ Home.
The staff there have worked diligently over the years to aid their residents, all between the ages of 10 to 17. Each resident is assisted based on their own individual needs, along with a regimen of care planning, tutoring and parenting classes. Families enter into the reunification programme when they are preparing to reunite with their children in their homes.
The programme consists of several key elements to foster a unified home. Families involved in the programme receive counselling with an emphasis on several techniques that change the behaviour and response between family members. The programme also focuses on coaching and mentoring parents, creating discipline models and behavioural strategies for families and working within the home during the transition to create a safe and stable environment.
Behind this undertaking is the programme’s family support worker, an individual who aids in bridging the gap between child and parent. A Hedge Funds Care grant is funding one year of work for the family support worker.
‘The family support worker is an integral part to our Family Reunification Programme,’ said CAYS Foundation Chief Executive Officer Angela Sealey.
‘She is presently working with eight families on the island and we are looking forward to seeing the progress that they will achieve.’
Each family-centred programme is both strength based and solution focused, encouraging both the child and the parent to work through their situation in a logical and caring way. The family support worker supervises therapeutic visitations to aid a household’s tangible needs to create a supportive home for the child and parent alike.
‘Our family support worker is aiming to expand our programme in order to offer additional services to the families who we work with,’ said Ms. Sealey,
‘The funding from HFCC reaches far beyond those we counsel. Happy and supportive families are the cornerstone to building a stronger community. Our objective is to provide the tools to strive toward this goal.’
Photo Caption 1: Hedge Funds Care Cayman Board of Directors Member Patrick Agemian is pictured with CAYS Foundation Chief Executive Officer Angela Sealey.