The opening of a new facility on the Brac serving the Sister Islands on Friday, Jan. 29 drew a small crowd of dignitaries and residents.
Located on 23 Dennis Foster Road, the new Ministry of Community Affairs, Youth and Sports offices will house the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and Needs Assessment Unit (NAU) staff. The premises are newly renovated and also include a conference room.
“These two entities, I should note, offer separate services,” said Community Affairs Minister Osbourne Bodden, to the dignitaries, civil servants and residents attending the opening.
“The DCFS has two Social Work staff and a Community Development Officer on island to serve you. These persons focus on child protection matters, adoption, juvenile delinquency, domestic abuse, elderly matters and community-related issues. Meanwhile, Needs Assessment Unit staff provide financial assistance services,” Mr. Bodden said.
He also noted the more than 30 years of DCFS representation in Cayman Brac since Karen Fraser first held the post of welfare and probation officer in 1978.
“But with the creation of the Needs Assessment Unit in November 2013, we realized that the existing space was lacking and no longer adequate,” said Mr. Bodden.
Other officials joining Mr. Bodden at the opening were Sister Islands representative and Deputy Premier Moses Kirkconnell, Ministry Chief Officer Dorine Whittaker, NAU Director Tamara Hurlston, Acting Director of DCFS Paulinda Mendoza-Williams, District Commissioner Ernie Scott, Deputy Commissioner Mark Tibbetts, and Chief Officer for District Administration, Stran Bodden.