The Child Development Agency (CDA) is a leader in Jamaica’s child protection system, with a growing regional reputation for our work in promoting child-friendly policies and ground-breaking programmes to strengthen families.

Established in 2004, out of a merger of the Child Support Unit, the Child Services Division, and the Adoption Division, the CDA is now under the purview of the Minis...read more
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Clarendon Parents Sharpen their Parenting Skills

With communities in Clarendon being identified by child advocates as hotspots for child abuse, some 54 parents in the community of Kilsyth located in the north of the parish benefited from a parenting workshop. The workshop was one of eight organised by the Child Development Agency in partnership with the...

Mental Health Services for Children in State Care Strengthened

Mental health service for wards of the State is being strengthened with the official opening of the Eunice Scott-Shaw Counselling Centre at the Granville Child Care Facility in Trelawny yesterday (June 24). The newly-built Centre boasts a well-equipped play therapy room; a conference room, fitted with surround sound for group...

Child Protection Committee Sensitises St. Catherine Children

Over 200 children drawn from primary schools across the parish of St. Catherine recently converged on the Old Harbour Church of God of Prophecy Conference Centre for a child abuse awareness prevention symposium/Sympar put on by the St. Catherine Child Protection Committee in association with the Child Development Agency. The...

Bamboo River, Morant Bay Targeted for Sensitisation Walk

As part of its ongoing drive to prevent abuse and promote child protection, a team from the Child Development Agency (CDA) conducted a sensitisation walkthrough in two more St. Thomas communities.  After walking through Yallahs two weeks ago, this time the CDA team went to Bamboo River and Church Corner...

Clarendon Families Benefit from CDA Community Series

Chief Executive Officer of the Child Development Agency (CDA) Rosalee Gage-Grey has issued a strong appeal to persons to stop the abuse and violence against the nation’s children, declaring, “Enough is enough!” She was speaking at the Agency’s  fourth and final meeting the Circle of Care Family and Community Series...

CDA Team Conducts Sensitisation Walk in Clarendon Community

A team from the Child Development Agency (CDA) yesterday (April 16) conducted a walkthrough of the community of Havannah Heights in Clarendon to educate and sensitise the residents on issues surrounding the care and protection of the nation’s children. The team which was led by CEO of the CDA Mrs....