Hedge Funds Care Cayman, a charity for the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect, has allocated a total of CI$225,000 in local grants to eight charities this year. The 2012 grantees include the Cayman Island Crisis Centre’s Children and Youth Programme, which provides group and individual treatment for children who have been abused or have witnessed abuse and are residing at the emergency shelter. Funds will also be used for a public awareness campaign to increase utilisation of the shelter.
The Children and Youth Services Foundation’s Family Reunification Programme in turn provides services to vulnerable families during the transitional period when a child on a care or protection order is returned home.
The Department of Counselling Services’ Adolescent Parent Services programme is another recipient. It provides parenting skills training to new or expectant mothers, and the Fathers First! Programme, which offers father empowerment and parenting skills training.
Funds also go to Feed Our Future’s School Meals for Wellness. The programme delivers healthy lunches to children who are deemed in need and at risk but cannot be served by an existing program of the Department of Child and Family Services.
The Health Services Authority’s Child Sexual Abuse Intervention & Treatment Programme is a grantee that supports a child psychologist who provides treatment and counselling for child abuse victims and their families, trains hospital staff, and collaborates with other agencies to protect children.
The Ministry of Education, Training, Employment, Youth, Sports & Culture’s Better Futures Project provides young children with a comprehensive school-based child abuse prevention education.
The National Council of Voluntary Organisation’s Nadine Andreas Residential Foster Home, which serves children who have been placed in care because of maltreatment and helps them move toward reunification or independent living in the community.
Funds will also go to the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service’s Specialist Investigative and Interview Training in Child Abuse programme, which investigates, serves and interviews alleged child victims in conjunction with the Health Services Authority.
Hedge Funds Care Cayman was founded in 2005 as the second international affiliate of Hedge Funds Care. Since then, the Cayman affiliate has distributed over US $1.6 million in 40 grants to agencies and organisations in the Caymans Islands that work to prevent and treat child abuse and neglect. By raising awareness on child abuse and neglect, funding programmes that work with at-risk families, and helping organisations provide much-needed services to young victims of abuse, Hedge Funds Care Cayman seeks to protect the Island’s most vulnerable children and ensure their safe and successful future.