New director takes helm at Children and Family Services

Minister expects department to ‘grow from strength-to-strength’

Felicia Robinson, director of the Department of Children and Family Services
Felicia Robinson, director of the Department of Children and Family Services

Felicia Robinson, former director of human services and family affairs for the St. Lucia government, has assumed her new post as director of Cayman’s Department of Children and Family Services.

Ms. Robinson takes the lead at Children and Family Services following criticism about some aspects of the department from the Legislative Assembly and a report from the Office of the Auditor General about how social services are delivered in Cayman.

She started her new role as director on Aug. 4.

In a press release, Community Affairs Minister Osbourne Bodden said of Ms. Robinson, “She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to what is the most important work of this Government; that is, the protection of children and strengthening of families.”

He continued, “With her expertise, I have no doubt that the department will grow from strength-to-strength and ultimately realise my goal of becoming the benchmark in the region when it comes to services for children and families.”

Dorine Whittaker, chief officer for the ministry, said “We are delighted to welcome Mrs. Robinson and look forward to the further strengthening of the Department under her expert guidance and leadership.”

The ministry said Ms. Robinson has 20 years of experience in social work, public policy, financial oversight and working with communities.

She has a master’s degree in social and public policy from the University of Leeds, a certificate in social work, a diploma in legislative drafting and a bachelor’s degree, all from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados. She also received a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Leeds program at the Truman Bodden Law School.

In the press release, the Ministry of Community Affairs notes, “Her substantial expertise and qualifications equip her to successfully fulfil the role of the Director at the Department of Children and Family Services.

“As part of her people management responsibilities, Mrs. Robinson will also be collaborating with the Ministry to further develop the Department’s succession plan to ensure that her team is effectively equipped for career progression.”