(JAMAICA GLEANER) – The Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) says that 151 children who went missing from January to December 2023 are still missing.
This number includes 133 girls and 18 boys.
The Agency says that this is 14.7 per cent of the total 1,027 children who went missing for the period.
The Agency says that while the majority of children were recovered safely, it is still concerned with the large number of children who go missing each year, and is making every effort to curb the crisis.
The CEO of the CPFSA, Laurette Adams-Thomas says a major area of strategic focus for the Agency for 2024 is ensuring the implementation of various strategies to reduce instances of missing children, while improving the effectiveness of recovery and intervention efforts.
Director of Children and Family Programmes at the CPFSA, Dr Warren Thompson, says the missing children phenomenon is a complex one that requires a comprehensive strategy.
They were speaking ahead of the Ananda Alert Western Youth Forum, which will be held on Thursday and will focus on developing solutions to address this problem.
This forum will be held in Montego Bay, St James and will allow students from a wide cross section of schools in the Western Region to hear experts present on the topic and participate and have their voices be heard when it comes to creating relevant solutions.