Child Welfare Greytown AGM

2017-05-31 06:03

FOR the past 54 years Child Welfare Greytown has been there for the community and has every intention of continuing its comprehensive and worthwhile community work in the future.

At its annual general meeting on 20 May, society president, Mr R.Maharaj, in reviewing the past year said the circumstances and conditions affecting a large proportion of the community had resulted in a continuing demand for the society's direct service, which in turn led to a critical financial problem, but thanks to the input of all role players this had been solved.

The society has a caseload of 406 with 458 children in foster care under the supervision of three social workers.
A total of 206 new cases were reported during the year, which included 60 abandoned and 31 neglected children, more than 100 home visits were conducted, 80 school visits and 532 individuals benefited from counselling services.
Personnel were kept busy in addition with parenting programmes, family preservation services and psychosocial support services.

The Kranskop office, which has one social worker, has a caseload of 128 and 288 children in foster care. Seventy-eight home visits were conducted to investigate family circumstances, 44 school visits, 503 individuals benefited from counselling and support services, and more.

Problems have been experienced for the past five years with extension submitted to the Department of Social Development either misplaced or backlogged. This has an adverse impact on the payment of foster care grants, which some foster parents are solely dependent upon.

In his report the president said that the Department of Home Affairs had instituted a new system in regard to late birth registrations. If a child was under seven interviews had to be held in Dundee and over seven in Msinga.
This created not only additional expense, but also up to nine months could pass before the department processed the unabridged birth certificate.

New committee members elected at the AGM: President: Mr R.Maharaj, vice-president: Mrs M. Bridgebookan, secretary: Miss S. Balwanth, treasurer: Mr L.J.M. Archer, patron, Mrs Ajoodha, medical officer: D.R. Bauchoo, committee members: Miss N. Hemraj, Ms S. Rajpaul, Ms S. Hariparsad, Mrs T. Pillay, Miss P.Ndlovu and Mr V. Bridgebookan.

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