It is well understood that abuse and neglect may result in a negative physiological effect on a child. Depending on the severity of the abuse, the child may be taken away from their parents and taken to an institutional care facility. This new home often houses hundreds of children, providing them with food, clothing, shelter and care and much more. Despite having all the basic necessities offered by the institution, children often desire to be reunited with their parents. With this in mind Child Link, a non-governmental organization has embarked on a new project which will seek to have children in institutional care to be reunited with their families once the parents meet the necessary requirements.
Once a child enters intuitional care, many believe their ordeal is over. But this is not always so. According to an article in the Guyana Times; Children living in institutional care, within the age group of 10 to 12 years have reportedly been abused by their caregiver and other staff; a practice that has not been denied by the Child Care and Protection Agency (CCPA).
Currently, they are over 700 children reportedly living in intuitional care. ChildLink hopes this push will greatly reduce this number in the years to come.